Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman produced an impressive body of elegant California modern architecture over their long partnership, including a contribution to Art & Architecture magazine’s Case Study House Program, as well as houses for many celebrities and the Governor’s Mansion for Ronald Reagan. Buff and Hensman’s houses epitomized an increasingly casual lifestyle that began to revolutionize social habits across the United States. An almost perfect climate in and around Los Angeles made it possible for the architects to evolve a light wood frame and glass panel architecture that blends seamlessly with its surroundings. After a building code change later in their career made it necessary to change their design medium, they did it effortlessly, opening up a new phase in their creative life.
This book is the first comprehensive look at their achievement with inside commentary on their most important projects, as well as a complete chronology of all of their work.
Edited by James Steele
Introduction by Alex Moseley
Preface by Robert H. Timme
Photography by Julius Shulman