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Text by Rubén G. Mendoza

Photography by Melba Levick


Hardcover / 9” x 9” / 256 pages / 225 color illustrations

$55 U.S. / ISBN: 978-0-8478-6516-1 / Publication date: April 2021


The great appeal of Spanish Style homes lies in their aura of romance, magic, and wondrous sense of history. The comfortable and engaging proportions, interior courtyards, elaborately tiled fountains, and the play of light and shadow, promote a storied atmosphere. This book celebrates the ancient Andalusian traditions of southern Spain, and those contemporary and historic expressions that have influenced the styles of homes and estates in Southern California. THE SPANISH STYLE HOUSE: FROM ENCHANTED ANDALUSIA TO THE CALIFORNIA DREAM explores the Andalusian tradition from its Iberian roots through to its evolution in the contemporary architecture of California spanning the past 60 years.

The vibrant and atmospheric photography of Melba Levick is here accompanied by the richly nuanced and insightful text by Rubén G. Mendoza. As such, this book beautifully showcases the Iberian architectural features and stylistic hallmarks of this popular American expression, featuring as it does whitewashed walls, terracotta tiled roofs, bricked arcades, a panoply of colorfully-tiled kitchens and bathrooms, beamed ceilings, rough-hewn plank doors, lush interior courtyards with climbing bougainvillea, wrought-iron window grilles and banisters, and exotic gardens and water features.

THE SPANISH STYLE HOUSE includes the wondrous Andalusian estates of southern Spain, including the late 15th century estates of Palacio de Mondragon in Ronda and the Casa de Pilatos in Sevilla, and the late 18th century Palacio Domecq in Jerez de la Frontera. These beautiful villas introduce the essential features of that body of Andalusian craftsmanship that inspired a host of contemporary American architects in Southern California. We here showcase the very best of those Andalusian expressions of the last 60 years, including historic remodels and new builds. Featured estates include Robert Sinclair’s Holmby Hills (2006), Marc Appleton’s Del Mar Beach House (2009), architect Jeff Shelton’s El Andaluz (2009), and Erik Evens Malibu Classic (2013). Each of these homes and estates boast the very best of craftsmanship and design, and thereby bridge enchanted Andalusia with the California dream.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza is an archaeologist, photographer, and founding faculty member of the California State University, Monterey Bay.  He is co-editor and author of several books, including The California Missions. Melba Levick is an internationally renowned photographer based in Los Angeles and Paris, with more than sixty books to her name. Her most recent Rizzoli books include The California Missions, The Ranches - Home on the Range in California, The California Casa, and Classic Homes of Los Angeles.

Book Signings

The Spanish Style House

from Enchanted Andalusia to The California Dream

Thursday, April 8, 5:00-6:30pm

A presentation and book signing

Text by Rubén Mendoza

Photography by Melba Levick

Sponsored by Rizzoli Publishing and Arcana Books

Mission San Miguel Archangel / Nazraeli Press

Nouvelle Chambre Claire

Paris, France

10 November 2019


Arcana Books 

Los Angeles, CA

December 14, 2019

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