Architectural Home and Garden Tour

Sunday, May 6, 11 am - 4 pm
Buy same-day tickets will be at 705 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica


The inaugural Samohi Architectural Home and Garden Tour is Sunday May 6, 2012, with a behind-the-scenes look at distinctive residences in Santa Monica. The self-guided tour represents a rare opportunity for visitors to meet with homeowners, architects and landscape designers, and gain an insider’s perspective on unique designs for living and working. The tour is a fundraising event for the award-winning Santa Monica High School Orchestras program. Four homes are featured on the tour:

Breeze Home – With this home, conceived of as more sheltered landscape than traditional house, architect Glen Irani has woven a tapestry of views, light and a lofty canopy of “roof forms.” The one-story design enhances the integration of the landscape, capitalizing on natural light and creating an illusion of dancing rooflines. The gardens were made possible in part by a grant from the City of Santa Monica.

Painted Light Studio – Architect Jennifer Wen has met the challenge of designing a combined living and studio space that adheres to zoning limits. Drawing from the beauty of beachside tree-lined surroundings, planes and surfaces incorporating hyperbolic paraboloid walls are folded into a livable sculpture. Light and shadows paint the building, blurring the boundary of art and architecture. By day, the living space disappears into the sky. At night, the studio vanishes into the night sky, redefining the live-work boundary.

Green Serene – In this home, architect Warren W. Wagner blends a bright, open theme with green standards that include bamboo flooring, solar panels, passive solar hot-water roofline tanks, a heat-absorbing flooring design, high-efficiency appliances and low-flow fixtures. The garden is planted with drought-resistant species that reduce water consumption.

Artist’s Garden – Renowned painter and landscape designer Lace Bencivengo gives us “a perspective of the garden through the eyes of an artist.” The landscaping features a showcase Arbutus marina, succulents in unusual vessels, pomegranate and citrus trees, and an herb garden. Sustainable gardening concepts include an eclectic mix of natives and drought tolerant species, with drip irrigation and no grass or turf.

The tour is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Tickets can be pre-ordered for $30 (by 5 p.m. May 5) at, or send a check postmarked by April 28 to Samohi Orchestras, Attn: Home & Garden Tour, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Same-day tickets are $40 (children younger than 12 are free). Will call to pick up pre-ordered tickets or buy same-day tickets will be at 705 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402.

For more information, contact Steve Nemzer at 310-739-3907

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