Tyre House Restoration

Los Angeles

An extensive restoration and remodeling of the 1951–1954 Tyre House by mid-century architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons sensitively inserts new elements into the historic house while maintaining the architecturally significant elements and character of the original building. Damaged components that threatened the stability of the building (such as decomposed wood framing and siding, rusted plumbing, etc.) were carefully replaced. Original materials (exterior acoustic panels, cork flooring, interior wood paneling, sliding window frames) were exhaustively researched in order to provide exact replacements or restoration.

Built-in furniture units in the living space, library and master bedroom were carefully restored or reconstructed. All glass in the house was replaced with high-performance glazing to reduce heat gain and energy use. The mechanical systems (radiant heating) were repaired and upgraded as needed. Other building systems which did not previously exist were added discreetly, such as a new air conditioning system that provides second-ary heating and cooling through small inconspicuous vent holes in the ceiling.