What: A 3-bed, 2.5 bath, 1.6-acre retreat built in 1980 and renovated in 2003 with great sensitivity and attention to detail, retaining the original architect’s simple palette of cedar, concrete and stone.
W. Earl Wear (1925-2011) was a Canadian architect and disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright who moved to Topanga Canyon in the mid-1950s. The immense central chimney of rough-formed concrete and stone is straight out of the Taliesen West playbook, and even though the house was built in 1980, Wright’s Usonian houses echo throughout. There’s no air-conditioning. Solid cedar and concrete construction keeps the home cool; radiant heat in the stone floors takes the occasional chill out.
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