Monthly Archives: April 2013

Design Details…Belvedere

Belvedere Overlooking Los Angeles Harbor

Belvedere Overlooking Los Angeles Harbor

Belvedere Overlooking Los Angeles Harbor

Side View

“Belvedere” italian for “beautiful view.” I found this house compelling. It stands on a hill overlooking Los Angeles harbor. The closed staircase to the belvedere is an unusual detail. (I wonder who built this feature? Who stood there looking and waiting?)  San Pedro, CA, USA Queen Anne, Victorian, 1890

On The Street…Adams District, Los Angeles,CA

This 1900 house is an exuberant eclectic blend of Gothic, Chateauesque, and Mission styles. Doheny House,  Adams District, Los Angeles,CA USA. Eclectic 1900

Thinking about…Ranks

Four Rank Contemporary

Four Rank Contemporary

I was shooting around Queen Anne and came across this wonderful home under construction. This house is a four rank structure because the front windows (which are attractively tall and multi-paned!) and the door line up in four neat vertical lines. (the windows on the far right are actually on a bay on the side of the house)  Note: nice integration of salvaged double front doors.

In colonial times glass was expensive, the rank count  of your home was a matter of prestige; the higher the rank the better your standing in society. Most average homes were 3 (a door flanked by two rows of windows.)   Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA, Contemporary, 2010