Architect Fred McDowell contributed significantly to the modernist architecture scene in Claremont (yes, there is one); a house he designed in the collegiate burg for ceramicist Harrison McIntosh was included in a LACMA retrospective on California designers' amazing houses. Perhaps one of the most visible buildings he's designed is this hillside house, a regional winner of the Portland Cement Association's 1964 Horizon Home competition for "its unusual use of glass and cement." According to Claremont Heritiage, the cement elements were cast elsewhere, then helicoptered into the slim, three-quarter-acre site. An awesome benefit of a cement home? "[It] has survived several significant fires that destroyed a number of nearby homes." The three-bedroom, three-bathroom has 180-degree views, a pool and private deck, and an imposing brass-fronted fire feature. It's asking $1.495 million.
· 2535 N Mountain Avenue, Claremont, CA [Estately]
· Glassy Fred McDowell-Designed Modern in Claremont [Curbed LA]