Our client, a world renowned coin collector and transplanted Texan, acquired a lovely large property in the distinguished neighborhood of Holmby Hills in Los Angeles. His passion for American history, and the coinage of the American Revolution led him to a fascination with Thomas Jefferson, and ultimately, to a keen appreciation of neoclassical architecture.

Early inspiration for the house was drawn from the Villa Saraceno and an early scheme for the Villa Thiene, by Andrea Palladio. The design employs a classic three-part composition, with intervening hyphens containing the stairs. The center entry pavilion features a giant Ionic order, and is rendered in cut and hand-carved cream limestone. The flanking pavilions are rendered in coursed limestone rubble masonry, with cut stone quoins and accents. The house features carved stone medallions evoking imagery drawn from American history, and the column capitals feature decorative floral embellishments depicting the state flowers of Texas and California, our client's homelands, past and future.

About Us

Our design philosophy is predicated on deep, meaningful connections between the house and the land. Southern California is blessed with a nurturing environment that provides extraordinary opportunities for true indoor-outdoor living. The homes we design fulfill that promise with beauty and joy.


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The Mediterranean in Southern California

Architecture inspired by great traditions of the Mediterranean region has a long, rich history in California. The fruits of this long lineage flavor the character of our cities and dot the surrounding hillsides. At KAA Design, we have often found the Mediterranean architectures to be a perfect fit for our clients wishing to build here.

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