Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones

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Though he's often lumped in as one of Joseph's Eichler's gang—and we certainly love what Eichler did for the modern tract home—architect A. Quincy Jones is a midcentury lion in his own right. And thanks to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles's exhibit A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living the man is finally getting the Neutra-level esteem that he deserves. Jones is credited with over 5,000 built projects, many of them the kind of indoor-outdoor-homes for the middle class that have come to define not just California modernism, but post-war American housing in general. The exhibit is part of the Getty-sponsored initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA and will dazzle any fan of mid-century design. The show is up through September 8th. Here's a preview.

A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith, and Edgardo Contini, Architects and Engineer. Gross House, Mutual Housing Association (Crestwood Hills), Los Angeles, California, 1946-50. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith, and Edgardo Contini, Architects and Engineer. Gross House, Mutual Housing Association (Crestwood Hills), Los Angeles, California, 1946-50. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith, and Edgardo Contini, Architects and Engineer. Schneidman House, Mutual Housing Association (Crestwood Hills), Los Angeles, California, 1946-50. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith, and Edgardo Contini, Architects and Engineer. Schneidman House, Mutual Housing Association (Crestwood Hills), Los Angeles, California, 1946-50. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith, and Edgardo Contini, Architects and Engineer. Site Office, Mutual Housing Association (Crestwood Hills), Los Angeles, California, 1946-50. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith, and Edgardo Contini, Architects and Engineer. Site Office, Mutual Housing Association (Crestwood Hills), Los Angeles, California, 1946-50. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

A. Quincy Jones, Sidney F. and Frances Brody House, Los Angeles, California, 1948-51. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones, Sidney F. and Frances Brody House, Los Angeles, California, 1948-51. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Architects. Milton S. Tyre House, Los Angeles, California, 1951-54. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Architects. Milton S. Tyre House, Los Angeles, California, 1951-54. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Architects. Milton S. Tyre House, Los Angeles, California, 1951-54. Transverse section through living room, dining room, and maid’s quarters. Courtesy Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA Library Special Collections. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Architects. Milton S. Tyre House, Los Angeles, California, 1951-54. Transverse section through living room, dining room, and maid’s quarters. Courtesy Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA Library Special Collections.

A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Architects. St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, Studio City, California, 1960-62. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Architects. St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, Studio City, California, 1960-62. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Architects. Fairhaven Tract Eichler Homes Model LJ-124, Orange, California, 1961. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Architects. Fairhaven Tract Eichler Homes Model LJ-124, Orange, California, 1961. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012.

A. Quincy Jones and Associates, Architects. Warner Bros. Records building, Burbank, California, 1971-75. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo  of Modern Masterpieces by A. Quincy Jones modern home

A. Quincy Jones and Associates, Architects. Warner Bros. Records building, Burbank, California, 1971-75. Photograph by Jason Schmidt, 2012. Courtesy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

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