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The Barn: A. Quincy Jones

The former home and studio of mid-century modern architect A. Quincy Jones, known as “the Barn” was originally designed as a photographer’s studio in 1950. Located at 10300 Santa Monica Blvd, the traditional wood building was remodeled by Jones in 1965 after his home burned down in a hillside fire. The 3,729 square foot space features 35-feet high ceilings with a sky-lit multipurpose atrium surrounded by numerous living and studio spaces.

In 2008, Elaine Kollins Sewell Jones, Hon. AIA/LA, the famed architect’s widow, put the residence on the market, where it sat until November 2009 when it sold for $2M to the Annenberg Foundation, ensuring the Barn’s preservation and restoration.

The barn’s renovation was spearheaded by AIA award-winning architect Frederick Fisher. In an interview with Dwell in July 2010, Fisher explained why it was important to rehabilitate the Barn, even though Jones did not build the original structure. “Quincy Jones was one of the premiere California modernists out of the Case Study era, part of the second generation after Schindler and Neutra,” Fisher says. “The Barn was remodeled by him and so it has a very distinctly A.Q. Jones feel to the interior. It was his place of residence, his workplace and a place where many of the activities revolved around his being dean of the School of Architecture at USC.

“When you’re in that building, you really feel you’re in the environment of two very sensitive, design-oriented people,” he continues. “Elaine Jones, his wife, worked with Herman Miller. She and Quincy were friends of Charles and Ray Eames. So it’s not only a design environment. When you’re in it, you’re very much immersed in the ’60s and ’70s design ethos and in a piece of cultural history as well.”

According to the Frederick Fisher and Partners‘ site: “A light touch was used in the renovation with the effort to preserve the integrity of the building for its renewed use as a live-work and social environment. Much of Jones’ furniture, art, books, and artifacts remain, adding to the feeling of being immersed in the ’60s and ’70s design ethos within a piece of cultural history.”

A photo of the dining room, atrium above, and floating bookshelf below, as they appeared at the time of the listing in 2008.

And here are a few photos of the Barn’s renovations…

The barn is now headquarters of the Chora Council, part of the Metabolic Studio, an Annenberg Foundation project led by artist and philanthropist Lauren Bon.

(Photos courtesy of Elaine Jones via Dwell, Frederick Fisher and Partners, Design Faith and MLS)

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