The Cooper House by A. Quincy Jones

The Cooper House by A. Quincy Jones

Monika Gromek
Feb 19, 2009

This house was build in the early 1950s for Gary Cooper and his family. The Coopers were passionate about modern design and had built other houses before this one. They hired A. Quincy Jones to design this cutting edge and innovative house. As Gary Cooper once said "It was so advanced in outline, that we sometimes wonder if we're in the year 2000." Check out more photos after the jump...


A. Quincy Jones is well known for his work with developer Joe Eichler and many other custom projects that he has completed throughout his life. The 6,000-square-foot house features angled walls, a single-sloped roof with a wall of windows, and mitered-glass corners all of which are Jones' signature design elements.

The current owner of the Cooper house, David Bohnett.
The original stone fireplace.
Living room and the pool area.
The Baroda Wall.
The house in the middle of the constructions (1953-'54). Gary Cooper with his daughter, Maria (late 1950s).

Maria Cooper Janis, daughter of Gary and Veronica Cooper, says that the stone in front of the house and the stone fireplace in the living room were her parents ideas. They also wanted a "water feature" which became a pool with a miniature waterfall that is partially inside of the house, flowing underneath a glass wall. The Coopers loved nature, so the stones, water, and vegetation around the house are perfect elements that were incorporated into the design. Also the pool used to be filled with smooth river rocks. As Janis recalls, they "would collect rocks from the beach and throw them in too. It was a family thing, bringing nature into the house as much as possible."

In 1998, David Bohnett, the founder of GeoCities, bought the house and made minor upgrades. He also created 'the Baroda Wall' with help of an artist, Brad Howe. It is a 240-foot wall that tells the story of the house with abstract objects. One of David's main goals is to keep the Cooper house true to its original design.

Check out the full article about The Cooper house on the Eichler Network website.

Photos: The Eichler Network

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