(Santa Monica, CA)
Designed by one of the leading designers of Spanish Revival structures during his time, the Lewis L. Bradbury House is a showcase of adobe and eclectic California decorative tiles. This remarkable example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style was built for mining magnate Lewis L. Bradbury. Bradbury commissioned self-taught architect John Byers in 1923 to design his Pacific Palisades home. This was Byers’s first major commission, although he would go on to design many homes in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades.
Byers’ fascination with the Spanish Revival style, and especially the use of adobe, is evident in the home’s thick adobe walls, white wash stucco walls, wood casement window, clay tile roof and terra cotta elements. Decorative California tiles accent the wainscoting, door surrounds, stair risers, floor and front façade. The success of the Bradbury House earned Byers the reputation as a specialist in the Spanish Revival style.
The Bradbury House was listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1994 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
Spectra Company was commissioned to seismically upgrade the Bradbury House.
Original Owner: Lewis Bradbury, Jr.
Owner: Audrey Fisher
Original Architect: John Byers
Historic Architect: MGD Environmental Design
Structural Engineer: Structural Focus
Restoration Contractor: Spectra Company