AKA: The Barn, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Jones, A. Quincy, Architects (firm); Archibald Quincy Jones (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

2 stories

10300 Santa Monica Boulevard
Westwood, Los Angeles, CA 90025-5008

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Building History

A. Quincy Jones (1913-1979) designed a residence from this large existing studio for himself and his wife, Elaine Kollins Sewell Jones (1917-2010), a public relations counselor and communication specialist, in the late 1940s. According to her obituary in the Los Angeles Times: "A brilliant liaison in private life, she brought together artists, architects, journalists, designers, and friends at the Barn, transformed by A. Quincy Jones from a bleak photographer's studio to a magical home and workplace." (See "Obituary: Elaine Kollins Sewell Jones,"Accessed 07/13/2011.) Elaine Jones took an active interest in people and was a gracious hostess, often offering creative types and academics lunch in her legendary home. She spent her last years working on the A. Quincy Jones Papers at UCLA's Department of Special Collections, and ensuring that interested historians could utilize this trove of information.

In 2008, Elaine Jones offered the house for sale, and it was purchased by the Annenberg Foundation for $2 million in 11/2009. The Barn has been used by the Chora Council, a Metabolic Studio project funded by the Annenberg Foundation and managed by artist and philanthropist, Lauren Bon (born 1962 in New Haven, CT).

Building Notes

The original building dates to just after WW II; Craig Ellwood supposedly worked on the house when it was built, not as an architect, however.


Jones remodeled the building in 1965.

After purchasing the Barn in 2009, the architectural firm of Frederick Fisher and Partners performed a sensitive restoration of it.

PCAD id: 4561