Robert Skinner, AIA, 1968
While not widely known by the general public, Skinner has made significant contributions to the architectural fabric of Trousdale Estates, and Coldwater Canyon where he lived for many years building his designs. Early work such as his house on Cherokee, & modernist masterpiece on Castle Place were executed in the flat roof post & beam style. By the late 1960s, when this residence was built, he had moved on to more of a chalet style which affords the same light filled interiors, but provides more dramatic space with pitched high ceilings as displayed here. A secure walled entry at the street presents an anonymous façade to passersby, belying the drama of the interiors inside. The split level open plan living and dining areas are anchored by a chiseled stone floor to ceiling fireplace, & open through glass walls to a generous patio. A discrete second entry leads to an oversized living space & bath ideal for an in home professional office.