Home remodel: vandalizing a 'Rembrandt'

When modernization goes too far

A few days back, I walked through a wonderful old villa designed by one of the top California architects of the 1920s. The house was a lyrical Spanish Revival design, meticulously integrated into its hillside site, and surrounded by pools, gardens and terraces designed by an equally famed landscape architect of the era.

I’m being coy about names and dates only because the place is currently in the midst of a sweeping "renovation" that I don’t have many kind words for.