Open House: Sunday Nov 8 between 1 - 4 PM 8661 Nash Dr, Laurel Canyon
Beds, Baths: 2 BR, 2 BA
Floor Area: 2,158 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: "The Jones House & Studio #1, 1938, A. Quincy Jones and Ruth Schneider Designer/Builders. Shortly after graduating from architecture school at the University of Washington, Jones brought fellow architecture student Ruth Schneider down to Los Angeles where they were married a year later. While still apprenticing with architect Burton A. Schutt, they designed and built their first house, a duplex set naturally within the native chaparral high on the western slope of Laurel Canyon. Reflecting the philosophy and many of the design ideas Jones would continue to develop throughout his career, the building is iconic. It is flexible as well: after the War Jones converted the buildings to a single family residence using half as his office and design studio. While converted back to two residences today, with soaring open plan living spaces above and bedrooms and baths below, the building lends itself to creative use. Built across two lots, the property is being sold with an extra parcel ideal for future development."
Well, isn't that romantic? Sadly, the love story between A. Quincy Jones and Ruth Schneider was not one for the ages; they divorced in 1942. On a happier note, their co-designed residence was photographed by the legendary Julius Shulman; those photos as well as blueprints can be found here.
8661 Nash Dr [Official site]