The Beck House, 1950 - Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

Thornton Abell, FAIA

The Beck House, 1950



This Case Study Architect’s early post & beam design gained National recognition as an Architectural Record Record House shortly after completion. Setback, and walled from Roscomare Road, the residence opens to a U-shaped central court, and out to a wide lawn and garden. Behind the garden a trail leads up to a hidden studio/office retreat. All is near to nature. This is surprising given the close-in Lower Bel Air location, just a few minutes to U.C.L.A. and Westwood. Today, with the exception of some minor re-purposing of rooms, and garage, Abell’s original winning open-plan interior space is fully intact, inviting ideal indoor-outdoor California garden living. Sited on over 3/4 of an acre, the residence includes: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, library/den, detached retreat with nearby privy, and a 2-car garage now used as an art studio.


  • Year Built 1950
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Property Size: 2128 s.f.
  • Land Size: 0.79 acres
  • Parking: 2-cars
  • Thornton Abell, FAIA: Architect
  • Property ID: 28527

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  • Country: United States