Las Orquideas Celebration & Preview

Merely minutes from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Boulevard and nestled in the nearby foothills stands an impressive Spanish Revival compound known as Las Orquideas. The property evokes old Hollywood glamour, and on the evening of June 11th, that spirit was awakened by an exciting soirée. Guests were invited to tour several of the… Keep reading

Glassy midcentury by Richard Neutra seeks $4.1M in Rancho Palos Verdes

By Elijah Chiland Famous modern architect Richard Neutra was extremely adept at maximizing the views from the stylish midcentury residences he designed throughout Southern California. This Rancho Palos Verdes home, which, per the listing, is one of the largest houses built by Neutra, is no exception. Perched on a hillside overlooking Catalina Island and the… Keep reading

Vintage SoCal: Pasadena roots run deep at this hybrid Queen Anne-style Victorian

By Lauren Beale The Thomas-Throop House in Pasadena takes its name from early owner George Thomas, a doctor, and Amos G. Throop, who as founder of the California Institute of Technology left his indelible stamp on the city. Designed by Pasadena architect Harry Ridgeway, the Queen Anne-style Victorian is thought to have been built on… Keep reading

Repainting history :: Accuracy must be a key part of the historic preservation process

By Todd Hays Late last month, the Palm Springs City Council voted unanimously to designate an historic site. Usually, such an action is cause for celebration. In this case, not so much. The City Council overruled a 6-1 vote by the city’s own Historic Site Preservation Board (HSPB) requiring the designation be conditional on the… Keep reading

photo by Jim Riche

‘Mod Mirage’ :: Exploring the Architectural Legacy of Rancho Mirage

Long heralded as the quintessential destination for midcentury-modern architecture, the city of Palm Springs boasts homes built by star architects such as Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Albert Frey, and William F. Cody. But a few miles east lies the city of Rancho Mirage, another architectural destination ready to step out of the shadow cast by… Keep reading

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