John Andre Gougeon, A.I.A., 1963; Antonio Aguilar, Landscape Designer. From the street, Gougeon’s board and batten, stucco-clad adaptation of the region’s popular ranch-style home yields an aesthetic which seamlessly conforms to the traditional design of the growing suburbs of the East San Gabriel Valley. Although a sense of conformity defines the public view from the street, the interior of the design counters it with a profound exercise in modernity. Extensive use of glass walls throughout the interior eliminate any barrier between the natural and built environment, thus engaging in a dialogue with Aguilar’s contribution to the property’s footprint.
Commissioned by Atlantic Savings and Loan as part of a larger development, Gougeon’s unassuming facade provides insight into the relationship between modernism and conforming design during the growth and development of the East San Gabriel Valley. As a case study in postwar modernity, Gougeon’s L-shaped, corner lot design strongly reflects his architectural training under USC’s Conrad Buff, Cal Straub, and Donald Hensman. While only two of the houses of the development were completed, they provide insight to exemplary modern architecture in postwar Southern California. 2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Den/Office.