First Offering: The Johnson Residence.
As Postwar Southern California grew exponentially, architects and builders looked for innovative ways to meet housing demands and the needs of their respective clients. Typical of mass-housing constructed throughout the region, most architects and builders followed a simple rule: build with what you have. Wood-framed ranch houses with concrete foundations became the the defining vernacular style of nearly every city. Yet, when Larry Johnson approached Criley to design his home, he presented the architect with his sketch of his dream home and how it would be constructed. He insisted on the use of low-profile cinder-block walls, steel-framed casement windows, lightweight concrete roofing, and a western-facing glass-enclosed lanai. The collaborative project between owner and architect resulted in a modern-ranch paying homage to the region’s adobe structures while reflecting the design sensibility of its owners’ traditional backgrounds. The construction of the Johnson Residence became a family project spanning nearly twenty-years. The parents and their children spent weekends, holidays and evenings dedicating themselves to the completion of the house. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.