It seems fair to conjecture that the architectural partnership of Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams would be better known today if the firm's practice hadn't been based out of Pasadena. Instead, the award-winning duo, whose office on Fair Oaks Avenue was called "one of the most significant examples of Los Angeles architecture constructed between 1947 and 1967" by the Southern California chapter of the AIA, have been forever overshadowed--and in at least one instance, remodeled--by the Crown City's much more famous team of mid-century modernists, Buff & Hensman, underscoring once again the old mantra "location, location, location." Smith & Williams, who designed Descanso Gardens' Japanese tea house, also designed this Japanese-influenced house in Pasadena's San Rafael Hills. Per the listing, the three-bedroom, four and one-quarter bath home, known as the Cornet Residence, hasn't been on the market since being built in 1963. Sited on a .7 acre lot, it features slate and parquet wood floors, beamed ceilings (along with some unfortunate popcorn ones), a stone fireplace, shoji screens, and a fabulous wetbar. Asking price for the 3,803 square foot property is $2.485 million.
· 210 S San Rafael Ave [Redfin]
· 1952 Smith & Williams With Buff & Hensman Remodel in Pasadena [Curbed LA]