No other architects understood the interplay of light, shadow and massing like California architects, Buff and Hensman. Conrad Buff (1926-1989) and Donald Hensman (1924-2002) met as undergraduates at USC’s School of Architecture.

Upon graduation, they were hired by a local developer to design tract homes, some of these houses being built in the areas of Whittier and Buena Park, CA. Their collaborations included working with architects, Calvin Straub (Buff, Straub & Hensman) and Dennis Smith (Buff, Smith & Hensman) throughout their long partnership. Together they produced an impressive catalog of work – from their contribution to the Case Study Program, to designing impressive houses for politicians and celebrities. Case Study #20 (The Bass House) located in Alta Dena, CA cemented their legacy in the Los Angeles’ Modernism movement, while Case Study #28, in Thousand Oaks, CA was the last single-family house built under the Arts & Architecture Case Study Program. Buff and Henman’s houses boast expansive, open-space airy floor plans, clerestory windows, post and beam construction, floor-to-ceiling glass and raised ceilings. Their architectural designs perfectly exemplify the Southern California mid-century ideal of indoor-outdoor living.

Pasadena Mid Century Modern Architectural Masterpiece
by Buff, Straub and Hensman, 1957

Pasadena Mid Century Modern Architectural Masterpiece by Buff, Straub and Hensman

This 1957 Pasadena Mid Century Modern Architectural by Buff, Straub and Hensman home has been featured in numerous television shows, books and architectural tours. Originally built for the Frank Family of Lawry’s Foods, it was once owned by Beck.

Featuring over 5,000 square feet of living space, this post and beam home is built into the natural contours of the expansive one-acre gated property to create the ultimate treehouse experience while obtaining maximum privacy.

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Calvin Straub Mid Century Home – Striking Pasadena Architectural Property

Calvin Straub Mid Century Home in Pasadena

Originally planned as a personal residence in 1957 by Calvin C. Straub, FAIA. It was during this same period that the partnership of Buff, Straub, and Hensman was formed.
Living room of Calvin Straub Mid Century Home
Expressing a pragmatism as its own form of artistry, Straub left his own acute signifiers on the Mid-Century architecture movement.

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The Ajioka House, 1960
by Famed Architects Buff & Hensman

The Ajioka House, 1960 by famed architects, Buff & Hensman.  A 2-story post & beam piece of art generously positioned on nearly an acre of lush landscaping with complete privacy, restored and reimagined by the innovative LA design firm, Commune.
Architectural House-Hollywood Hills
The main three-bedroom, three-bath residence is clad throughout with reclaimed rustic oak.

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Prominent Pasadena Modern Home
by Famed Architects Buff & Hensman

This prominent Pasadena Modern home by Buff & Hensman boasts the familiar dark wood and unique architectural details sure to delight. An atrium lush with greenery and a tranquil fountain greets you.
Modern Real Estate-Pasadena
Vaulted ceilings in the living room and a dramatic fireplace lend this residence its wealthy open space. Two-story windows showcasing the lovely surroundings let in abundant natural light shine through.

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Remarkable Mid Century Modern View Home
by Renowned Architects Buff & Hensman, AIA

Just three houses from Mulholland sits this remarkable Mid Century Modern view home by Buff & Hensman, A.I.A.
Mid Century Architectural-Hollywood Hills
Set down a private gated driveway with a sparkling pool that features twinkling city, mountain and landmark views.

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