EXTERIOR DECORATION: HOLLYWOOD'S ISIDE-OUT HOUSES by John Chase
Hennessey & Ingalls, 1982, First edition, 128 pp., 8 1/2" X 11 1/4", Softcover
The popular language of status-conscious architecture is explored in this account of the notorious do-it-yourself remodels clustered on the fringe of Beverly Hills in West Hollywood. These former stucco bungalows have been transformed by their owners into distinctive visual statements. As if they were stage sets, the exteriors of these houses have been treated as interiors, with urns and finials placed on rooftops like bibelots on a mantel, and windows and panels of trellis arranged as though they were pictures on a wall. The result is a lively architectural vernacular, well documented with "before and after" photos, interviews, and construction details.