When I was growing up in Los Angeles, I didn’t pay much attention to architecture. LA seemed like such a mishmash of styles, and my neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley was essentially ranch houses and some Cape Cods (our house was a Cape Cod.) Not much of interest.
It is only in the last 20+ years that I have come to appreciate the local, vernacular architecture called Spanish Colonial Revival. I say local meaning the general area of Southern California, all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
One of the most important figures in Spanish Colonial Revival Style was Lutah Maria Riggs, 1896-1984. She was the second woman in the US to become a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Because she lived well into the 20th Century, her architecture evolved from the more traditional Spanish Colonial Revival to a more modernistic aesthetic. Right below are two examples of this more traditional style.
And here are some examples of the work of Lutah Maria Riggs
And last but not least, the interiors of a house built in the 1950’s with newly designed interiors.