Not just another sunny mid-century home. This one is particularly interesting because it’s a Fickett home.
Think of Edward H. Fickett as the slumbering legend of mid-century modern architecture. Ironically, this architect who became a bit of a brand name by the age of 37 and designed approximately 50,000 homes was forgotten for a period because of the sheer ubiquity of his homes in California. They seemed to be everywhere, and anything that’s everywhere can’t be special, right? Wrong.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Fickett had made his career designing tract homes for housing estates, which explains the numbers. Back in the day, purchasing a Fickett home was a point of pride, a class above other tract homes. Tract homes were a sector often shunned by architects of his time due to the mass production cookie-cutter image it carried, but Fickett had no such hangups. A big believer of “ending ugliness”, he spearheaded a campaign in 1962 by the American Institute of Architects to do just that.
Today, mid-century design lovers are stirring the legend that is Edward H. Fickett, and his houses are back on the radar. However, after years of being out of the limelight, many Fickett homes have been gutted and done-over to remove what was considered outdated traces.
This Fickett gem is one of the few restored carefully with the great architect in mind.
Book a stay to experience a bit of history, and enjoy it for the museum that it isn’t.
To read more about Edward H. Fickett, visit our Journal here.