Out of the shad­ows of its dated past

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN -

“The house was not with­out its shad­owy al­lure,” says ar­chi­tect John Ber­tram, who was hired to ren­o­vate a 3,800-square-foot 1962 house in Pasadena af­ter Jenny Levy and her hus­band pur­chased it. Still, he said: “Its somber el­e­gance and cool aloof­ness was the kind you might find in a cer­tain sort of fu­neral home.” Ber­tram’s goal: Cre­ate an open and in­for­mal house that worked for Levy’s fam­ily of four with­out com­pro­mis­ing the orig­i­nal Smith & Wil­liams de­sign.

Pho­to­graphs by John Ber­tram

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