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Byers Facade Fronting a Dutton House in Santa Monica

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On Sunday the AIA/LA held its second fall home tour of the year. The first had us weaving through the Hollywood Hills, now come along with Curbed into four houses off Sunset Boulevard in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. Today we're looking at John Dutton's remodel of John Byers' La Mesa House.

Photos by Elizabeth Daniels The front of this house is a Santa Monica historic landmark--it's from a 1924 adobe house designed by adobe all-star John Byers--but most of the back is new, replacing additions made from the fifties through the seventies, according to architect John Dutton's website. Dutton restored the front and built the back around an open central courtyard (previously closed, according to a docent). He also added a contemporary guest house and of course an infinity pool, both looking out on excellent Riviera Country Club views. According to the AIA/LA, "Research from Byers' archives as well as forensic analysis of the original house provided clues as to the materials and finishes that were used for the rest of the house." And indeed the restored and recreated details in this house are pretty gorge.
· AIA/LA Fall Home Tour Archives [Curbed LA]