Architect and student of Frank Lloyd Wright Foster Rhodes Jackson built his own hilltop home in the foothills city of La Verne. In a neighboring La Verne canyon, he spent years designing and building this residence in his signature organic modern style “in conjunction and consultation with Sam Maloof,” a noted woodworker who received a MacArthur “genius” grant for his work.
Walls and ceilings throughout the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home use wood, cork, and gorgeous tile. Large sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows bring in sunlight; leaded and stained glass windows accentuate the whimsical nature of the space.
The house is dotted with original features—atriums, patios, and built-in furniture including sofas and bed platforms. All the bedrooms are suites, each with sitting areas, bathrooms, and even fireplaces. The master bedroom, the only upstairs room in the house, is accessed via its own Maloof-made spiral staircase.
The 7,000-square-foot house sits on over an acre and is surrounded by mature trees and lawns with seating areas.
Jackson completed a large body of work in the Pomona and San Gabriel valleys, with notable projects in Claremont and Glendora.
In his book Forgotten Modern, architectural historian Alan Hess notes that though the Pomona Valley is just an hour outside of LA, it was apparently far enough away that Jackson did not move in the same architectural community as his midcentury modern Angeleno contemporaries.
This is the first time the house has been on the open market. It’s seeking $2.8 million.
- 126 Summit [Sarah Barron/Barron Real Estate]