Born in Pomona in 1924, modernist Paul Tay began his architectural career in Long Beach in the late 1940s after graduating from USC. Before relocating in 1971 to Mendocino, where he is still in practice, Tay designed more than 30 residences in Long Beach, including this post and beam in the city's Wrigley neighborhood. Known as the Darrow Residence, the three-bedroom, two-bath house was built in 1956, and, per its listing, "is rich in original features." These details include a stone-and-copper-clad fireplace, built-in birch cabinetry in each room, tongue-and-groove beech paneling, door hardware, lighting, a custom terrazzo shower, stainless steel wall oven and cook top, and Formica countertops. (Presumably the patterned floor was a later addition.) Other features of the 1,820-square-foot residence include clerestory windows and sliding glass doors. Sited on a 4,979-square-foot lot, the house last traded hands less than four months ago for $300,000; it's now looking to fetch $499,000.
· 2546 Pine Avenue [Estately]