Resting on a slight hill in Bel-Air, A. Quincy Jones’ Nordlinger House #1 is sheathed in redwood and shrouded in history. While close to the enclave of Crestwood Hills, this home may not be one of Jonses’ 30 surviving highly sought-after works. But it’s still a stunning example of Mid-Century Modern architecture designed by one of the movement’s stalwarts.
First built in 1948, the residence is described by An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles as “Very much under the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright.” While there is no denying FLM’s impact on A. Quincy Jones and all Mid-Century Modern architects, the Nordlinger House more than stands on its own. Projections and cantilevered balconies give sharp and strong lines to the exterior, while the redwood exterior works to soften them.
More about this mid-century redwood masterpiece home tomorrow.