Thomas Proctor Classical Houses

Thomas Proctor Classical Houses

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The book presents several of celebrated architect Thomas Proctor's California houses, tracing their history, inspiration and detailed design.

This book opens the doors to the Los Angeles homes of architect Thomas Proctor. Admired for his knowledge of classical architecture, Proctor has long been respected for his devotion to creating houses that are at once artful and poetic, imaginatively conceived, and beautifully designed and detailed. Through his work, he seeks inspiration from the past in the creation of houses for today. Proctor designs exemplary houses in that they are rooted in both the larger classical tradition and the specific, particular architectural traditions of California.

The introduction presents Proctor's personal architectural history and his philosophy of design alongside images that present the sources of his inspiration. The houses featured will be documented through narrative, design drawings, and photographs. A final chapter shows particular architectural vignettes, details, and ornaments that illustrate Proctor's understanding of classicism as a source of both inspiration and invention in the creation of an architecture that is both ancient and new.