California Mid-Century Modern Residential Buildings (page 3)

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Volcano House
Newberry Springs, CA
The Volcano House was built in 1968 on top of a volcano. It was designed by Harold J. Bissner, Jr. The house is now owned by Chapman University. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Lovell Beach House
Newport Beach, CA
Although built in 1926, I'll include the Lovell Beach House in this section anyway. The building's use of concrete as well as abstract and linear forms appeal to lovers of mid-century modern architecture. This house was designed by Rudolf M. Schindler. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Round House
Novato, CA
Parabola House
Novato, CA
The Round House is a revolving house designed by Sam Harkleroad. It was built in 1963. It can rotate 320 degrees. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Parabola House was also designed by designed by Sam Harkleroad and built next to the Round House at the same time. It is not visible from the road. Harkleroad lived in this house which has sometimes been referred to as the "Potato Chip House", "Taco House", and the "Leaf House."

Nolan House
Oakland, CA
Leon C. Meyer House
Oakland, CA
The Nolan House was designed by Leon C. Meyer and built in 1967. The round house with the folded plate roof is 30 feet in diameter. For more, see this website. [map]

The Leon C. Meyer House was built by Meyer as his own residence in 1966. [map]

Miles C. Bates House
Palm Desert, CA


The Miles C. Bates House was designed by Walter S. White and built in 1955. It is also known as the "Wave House" because of its wavy roof which mimics the mountains behind the house. In 2018, the house was sold at auction by the City of Palm Desert to architects who restored the house. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Robert & Helene Alexander House
Palm Springs, CA
The Robert & Helene Alexander House was designed by Palmer & Krisel and built in 1960. The house was also known as the House of Tomorrow and the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway. Elvis and Priscilla stayed at the house in 1967. The house is built on three levels with four perfect circles. There are no square rooms. For more, see this website. [map]

Abe & Marion Schwartz House
Palm Springs, CA
The Abe & Marion Schwartz House was designed by Hal Levitt and built in 1965. For more, see this website. [map]

Pebble Beach, CA
This House was built in 1974. [map]

Bowler House
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
The Bowler House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is sometimes referred to as the Bird of Paradise House. It was built in 1963. For more, see this website. [map]