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Hilltop House: 1960

Hilltop House: 1960

October 1960. Apple Valley, California. "Hilltop House. Newton T. Bass residence, living room. Francisco Artigas, architect." Besides the view, the focal point of this room seems to be a conference table colliding with an iceberg. From photos by Maynard L. Parker for Pictorial California and House Beautiful ("Look What's Happening to Showers!"). Source: Huntington Library. View full size.

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I'll review this mid-cent as candy bar.

Gorgeous ceiling. Blah floor. Pretty damn good middle.

Eponymous Iceberg

The 'iceberg' is no miniature, it literally is the actual top of the hill referenced in the name of the house.
This is one cool pad.


Are you sure that's an iceberg? It looks like it has miniature trees on it. I think it may be a diorama of the hilltop the house is on.

One Word

Hideous, just like all the other avant garde architecture from this era that's been posted on here lately. An age of "style" best forgotten.

[It had its charms. -Dave]


Is it my imagination or do the ashtrays on the coffee table seem unusually LARGE?

I think this house is mainly for looking at

And not doing anything in!


I'm guessing the carpet has been recently put down as it appears the floor heat registers look to be missing.

Beam reach

Well, I just spent nearly an hour of my life exploring the internet's depiction of this house's piteous history, as I'm sure is being posted in various other replies as I type mine. So I just want to add one thing - the beams required to span that space are spectacular (and expensive)!

Holes in the floor, rocks in the living room

I suppose someone would find this cozy.

Beautiful living space

But there's no way to dust and polish that coffee table without getting on your knees.


More info here. The house is abandoned.

Certainly seen better days

The house has been neglected for decades and is now more visited by vandals than the prospective property buyer.

Simple but beautiful furniture

Is this an Eames couch? I'm not really sure, but I do love it. The boulders are a nice touch. I'm sure they are from the build. Great house.

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