PisOriginally designed by famed architect William F. Cody, AIA in 1966, this stunning example of modernist architecture was refreshed by the team at LEA Architects, LLC in 2007. Design Principal Lance Enyart, AIA LEED AP, says, “For me, the most important element of Midcentury Modern design is the strong connection between indoor and outdoor space, as well as the simple and honest expression of materials and structure.”
LEA Architects designed the renovation and addition and focused on opening up the floor plan while preserving the character of the original architecture. Walls that divided the kitchen, dining, and living space from one another were removed to create a more open plan that better meets the needs of the home’s current owner. However, the entertaining areas weren’t the only interior spaces to receive a careful facelift—the master suite was expanded to make the bathroom larger as well as take full advantage of the home’s views of Camelback Mountain.
Rather than making do with the original carport, the homeowner requested that the space be enclosed—which LEA Architects did by installing venting windows and glass hydraulic garage doors (not unlike those used for aircraft hangars).
Despite making these changes, the original 10x10 tube steel column structural grid of Cody’s design was respected. According to Lance, the team used hot rolled plate steel along with a blend of both original and new walnut paneling and cabinetry so as to refine the interior design. After an eight-month process, the final product is a midcentury inspired modernist design where Cody’s clean lines and LEA Architect’s subtle refinements contrast the rugged terrain of the Arizona landscape.
A William F. Cody residence lives on as a celebration of midcentury design. aradise Valley, Arizona, located just outside of Scottsdale, home to a true midcentury paradise.