HOUSE PORN: A. Quincy Jones. Architect. Modernist.

Mention Quincy Jones to most people, and they think of the iconic music producer. But A. Quincy Jones, FAIA, is just as accomplished in his creative field, and deserves a similar “icon” designation.

The residential architecture of A. Quincy Jones set trends that affected the entire postwar house design period. His tract houses are now coveted as art as he was one of the few to give architectural consideration to otherwise ticky-tacky boxes laid out on otherwise vacant lots. His small houses were characterized by a simplified structural system and Jones’ experimentation with steel stuructures which allowed for spatial diversity—a landmark of mid century modern design. Jones worked as a planning partner in the development of the community where I was raised—the Irvine Ranch (now Newport Beach, Irvine and Tustin, California). Jones’ urban design has since become a model for the integration of greenbelts into urban development. He also partnered with Joseph Eichler designing homes across California. 

Eichler A-Frame house by A. Quincy Jones, 1964

In the early 1950s Jones designed a house for Hollywood actor Gary Cooper and his family. The Coopers were passionate about modern design and hired A. Quincy Jones to design a cutting edge and innovative house. As Gary Cooper once said "It was so advanced in outline, that we sometimes wonder if we're in the year 2000." The home was recently sold (2010) for around $18 million. 

Jones is also well-known for his design of public buildings—particularly office buildings and structures for university campuses. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1913, Jones was a professor of architecture at the University of Southern California from 1951-67. Jones past away in 1979.

"The Barn" was the home and studio of mid-century modern architect A. Quincy Jones

Please enjoy THE EYE CANDY that is A. Quincy Jones’ amazing work.

1950 ‘Kalmick House’ by A. Quincy Jones


A. Quincy Jones Foothill Drive, Beverly Hills Home

 

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

The Featured Five