A true architectural connoisseur and rigorous aesthete, Crosby Doe is recognized for his curatorial approach to modern architecture. He has helped such notables as Joel Silver and power couple Mitch Glazer and Kelley Lynch secure their dream architectural homes, and he offers valuable and treasured counsel that continues after the sale: Doe provides homeowners with original drawings, background and books on the property as well as advice on maintaining its architectural integrity. By doing so, he is helping to preserve Southern California's architectural heritage.
As a California native, Doe developed an appreciation for that legacy early on while growing up amongst the Arts & Crafts masterpieces of Pasadena. He began his career in real estate in 1973 and, in a serendipitous turn, a Neutra was the first significant property he sold. The house helped inspire his vision of architectural real estate as a special market, a niche he went on to pioneer along with partner David Mossler.
Called an “uber-agent for architectural homes”, and respected as a historian of the state's most important properties, Doe has represented such iconic homes as:
- The Reiner-Burchill Residence (Silvertop), John Lautner
- The Storer House, Frank Lloyd Wright
- The Navarro House, Lloyd Wright
- The Carling House, John Lautner
- The Struckus House, Bruce Goff
- The Shell House, Wallace Neff
- The Singleton House, Richard Neutra
as well as other architectural residences created by Ray Kappe, Morphosis Architecture, Rodney Walker, Rudolph Schindler, Buff & Hensman, Cliff May, and many others.
Where to Find a Modern Architecture Bargain
Touring John Lautner's Schaffer House
The Gould/Jacobson Residence, 1966-68. With its palette of fine woods, concrete & glass, and relationship to the site, the published ridgetop residence celebrates both Wrightian traditions, and the clean lined purity of California Modernism.
The Gould Residence, 1924 with later additions, Henry Mather Greene, Architect. Located in Ventura, California, this National Register of Historic Places Landmark has been pristinely maintained by the Gould family.
First offering: The Hong Residence 1968, Roger Hong, Architect in collaboration with the office of Buff and Hensman. Drawing on his family's Asian traditions, and his U.S.C. training, Roger Hong created this classic post and beam design.
Noted for his larger Los Angeles Projects such as the National Register Los Altos Apartments, and the Windsor Hotel, Rust also designed a number of residential projects in varied vernacular styles of the period.
The Rifkin Residence, 1959, Kazumi Adachi, Architect. On a ridgetop just beneath the Hollywood sign.
Classic post & beam design displays high ceilings in public areas and seamless flow to the pool and grounds.
With architectural elements firmly rooted in the modernist work of the 1960's, this late 70's design incorporates bolder and more dramatic volumes than its siblings of earlier years.
Classic one-story modern estate on a nearly acre-lot in the heart of Royal Oaks offers one of the finest combination of house, pool, yard and privacy to be found anywhere.
The Radziner Residence, 2002, the architect's own home. Inspired by but not imitative of past modernist movements, Radziner's accomplishment here may well be the standard by which a new era of architecture is judged.
When approaching its Sunset Plaza view site, the sculptural simplicity of the Lomax Residence is arresting.
Legend has it that Beach, an avant-garde musician and composer commissioned Farquhar, one of California's premier classical architects, to build the residence after a villa in Asolo, Italy which had been occupied by the poet Robert Browning.
By the early 1920's Lloyd Wright had accumulated significant experience in theatre, music, landscape, and architectural design.
First offering: The B. Lamar & Agnes N. Johnson Residence, 1952. The Johnsons, sole owners of the house since Craig Ellwood built it for them, are among the pioneer patrons of mid-century modernism.
While few architectural elements are exposed at the street, upon entry the experience of Schindler's architecture is unforgettable. Here is a timeless space for modern living perfectly accommodated to its site.
Inoculated with Mies??? philosophy of modernism while at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Lane spent much of his career helping to create our modern commercial legacy under the umbrella of the giants: Skidmore Owens & Merrill, A.C. Martin, and Pe
In the January 1955 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine West Coast Editor Thomas Stimson introduced his newly built steel frame and lightweight concrete panel 'House of the Future'.
Architectural historians Gebhard & Winter invented a new style (Monterey Moderne) to describe the character and warmth of this classic 1930's residence by noted architects Barcume & King.
Like the Old Mill of the San Gabriel Mission, entry is from above. From the walled and gated entry at the street one descends to the inviting courtyard patio and massive front door.
First Offering: The Walker Residence, 1957. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Guide #L4,5. With developed designing & building 3 now iconic Case Study Houses in Los Angeles, Walker set off for Ojai.
First Offering: The Ouzounian Residence, 1960 Rarely does a house fulfill the sweet promise of modernism - but this one does. Inspired by his university instructor, Gregory Ain, the architect created this iconic Mid-Century Modern employing all the tene
With its broad sunset vistas across the Santa Monica Bay, and the surf crashing onto Will Rogers State Beach directly below, it is easy to understand why the artists in residence lived their lives here.
Kron and Slesin’s 1984 book, "High-Tech: The Industrial Style and Source Book For the Home", brought to the general public an awareness of the exciting possibilities Industrial Design and prefabricated components could bring to domestic residential architecture.
Ain stated: "Architecture is a social art, its esthetic power must be derived from a social ethos." He explored social issues through his progressive views with an emphasis on the flexible use of work, leisure and outdoor space planned to circul
With its over 1.5 acre site, and location where Lombardy ends at the Eaton Canyon Wash, this property has a park-like ambiance.
Herding Residence, 1930, A low anonymous Mediterranean facade belies the size and scale of this classic hillside villa.
The Thorgusen Residence, 1953. Following his own vision, Thorgusen expanded on his U.S.C. School of Architecture training, creating a unique organic space for living within Eckbo's forest landscape.
A home that will please both the sophisticated art collector as well as the architectural aficionado.
The Santoro Remodel, 2006. Taking his cues from the simple modernism of the original structure, Unruh expands the residence to almost 3,000 square feet using a deft combination of steel, wood and glass.
The Van Pelt Residence, 1946. Garrett Van Pelt Jr., F.A.I.A. (The architect's own house.) The homes great architects build for themselves often surprise us.
Soaring above the Hollywood Hills, with 180 degree helicopter views, this signature Koenig steel & glass case study style residence thrusts out from its ridge top site.
If Greek gods were to preside over Southern California, this could be their Mt. Olympus. The 1+ acre promontory site offers panoramic views across downtown Glendale, Los Angeles skylines and beyond to Palos Verdes and Catalina.
Roth Residence, 1946. Honored with the only solo exhibition of an architect's work at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Schindler is internationally recognized as one of the most important Southern California architects of the 20th Century.
First offering: The Kawahara Residence, 1969. This iconic masterwork composed in steel and glass, with its refined detailing, clearly achieves Ellwood's stated objective of 'beauty through order'. The residence is a literal embodiment of th
Inspired by the purity of Koenig's steel and glass Case study Houses, and sensing the revival of Hollywood, young businessman Michael Gantert took a leap of faith building a new steel and glass house on a rare Hollywood Hills ridge site.
The Frank Sinatra House, 1946 by E. Steward Williams, Architect. Palm Springs, California. Published classic Palm Springs modern design.
La Canada/Flintridge gated estate. Classic modernist design reflects Lim's personal vision: a melding of U. S. C. Post & Beam Architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright's organic principles.
A genuine Masterpiece of Southern California's built environment.
Majestically straddling the high ridge just above Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, this classic and rare Egyptian Revival Residence built in 1924 affords remarkable two-way views of both Griffith Park, and the city at your feet below.
The celebrated Case Study House #16 was destroyed. Its spirit lives again on an oaken ridge just outside Ojai. This is not a slavish copy, but rather a sensitive reinterpretation incorporating today's technological resources.
Tozier and Abbott, A.I.A., Architects
Morris Bolter, Architect, 1966, the residence he designed for his family. White and Bright mid-century modern open plan design is sited on a very large lot right next to the Lake Hollywood Land.
The Barsha Residence, 1938, an exciting restoration opportunity in Santa Monica Canyon!
The Mizuno Studio/Residence, 1964; with later additions. Art, Architecture and landscape not separate, but combining as one brings forth a singular live/work environment at once an icon of L.A.?s indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
First offering: The architect's own family residence. More often than not the creative individuals behind many great commercial projects do not receive the public awareness their contributions deserve.
The Padelford Residence,1950, Fillmore, California. The long private drive climbs through avocado and citrus to the commanding promontory site. Looking across the lawns & original pool, one surveys the beauty of the Santa Clara Valley below......
Shortly after graduating from architecture school at the University of Washington, Jones brought fellow architecture student Ruth Schneider down to Los Angeles where they were married a year later.
The Anne Baxter Remodel - First offering since 1966. Virtually unknown today, this longtime residence of agent Hal Gefsky hides Lautner's explosive open plan interiors.
The Josef Kun Residence, 1936, Richard Neutra Architect. Boldly sited on the slope, the drama of the residence is defined by head-on City views.
First offering: the Anastasia and Luby Bubeshko apartments, 1939 & 1941. The acknowledged master of the creative use of space as architecture creates side-by-side apartment buildings with flexible floor-plan options.