Handsome Modern Compound in Pasadena, $5MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
What: A 4-bed, 6-bath compound on a deep lot near the Rose Bowl where architect Rodney Ross reinvented a 1957 vintage ranch by Kemper Nomland as pool/guest house– and built a radically new but respectful structure just beyond.
Whodunit: Rodney Ross is the the head of , a Pasadena firm with a wide range of projects ranging from innovative luxury residential to high-concept retail clients (Design Within Reach, Adidas) to product and furniture design. was actually two Kemper Nomlands– junior and senior– the father and son team of architects whose Mid-Century practice encompassed mostly residential projects, notably Pasadena’s Case Study House #10 in 1947.
What We Love: Impeccable, poured concrete walls and floors, softened by sisal carpeting and cedar ceilings, highlighted by deep, warm blacks; the mix of board-and-batten and clapboard walls.
No afterthought, the pool/guest house underwent a comprehensive renovation but retains its vintage integrity, just updated, and includes an outdoor kitchen.
More: Go to the . Represented by Jimmy Wilson, senior partner at Deasy Penner.