Inside Adobe Walls property
his gem of an Eastside compound has some serious historic credentials. It holds the homes and studios of two renowned artists: Willard Nash (1898-1943) and Glenna Goodacre. Nash was one of the five painters known locally as Los Cinco Pintores— and sometimes as the “five nuts in mud huts” because they all lived in relatively small adobe homes, and, being artists, lived and worked with some degree of artistic abandon. Nash built his house in the mid-1920s with assistance from artist and builder Frank Applegate and lived here until 1936. Some called Nash “the American Cezanne” and his work was even admired by Diego Rivera.
Located at 566-568 Camino Del Monte Sol, the estate totals six bedrooms and eight bathrooms on 0.47 acres. There are three buildings: the historic Nash House (now a guest house), 1,630 square feet; the historic Nash Studio (a casita), 822 square feet; and the 30-year-old main house, which is 3,771 square feet.
The rambling property is accessed through a gated entry on the Camino. The Nash House is just inside, on the street level. In from the brick-floored porch, the visitor immediately notices the authentic feeling of the home, with its old flagstone floors and viga ceilings. Here and there is an alacena (a wood-doored cabinet recessed into the adobe wall) or an old-fahioned metal-frame window. In the cozy living room is a traditional cor- ner fireplace known as a fogón, a planks-on-vigas ceiling, and built-in bookshelves. There are two bedroom suites. The bedrooms have hardwood floors and the bathrooms, like the kitchen, are brightened by colorful tile. Appliances in the little kitchen include a Magic Chef range and a cabinet-fronted Sub Zero refrigerator.
The property slopes down from the street. Just behind the old house is Nash’s studio, also adobe, with wood floors and plenty of light through a slanted bank of windows. This has been converted to serve as a one-bedroom guest house.
The illustrious sculptor Glenna Goodacre bought this property in the 1980s and employedWolf Construction to build her adobe sculpture studio at the bottom of the hill; this is now the compound’s main house. It originally had a dining room and a kitchen, a basement, and two bedroom suites. The subsquent owner added two more bedroom suites; one is now a lovely upstairs sitting room with a wood floor, a ceiling of herringbone latillas on vigas, and a raised fireplace.
The living room in the Goodacre house is an awesome space, bright with very high ceilings, glass chandeliers, a wood-plank ceiling supported by huge beams and corbels, and tall, mullioned windows and doors topped with glazed transoms. The newly refurbished kitchen sports a big apron sink, a modern appliance package, and beautiful cabinets.
The property is listed by Tim Van Camp and Ray Rush, Sotheby’s International Realty, for $2.9 million.