AIA|LA Tours: The Office of Frederick Fisher & Partners
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
12248 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
AIA|LA Tours: The Office of Frederick Fisher & Partners

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:00 PM & 6:00 PM Tours
Where: 12248 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Tix for 5:00PM Tour (Sold Out)

Tix for 6:00PM Tour 

Fred Fisher is well known among the cognoscenti of American architecture. In addition to renovating noted buildings by A. Quincy Jones, he has designed numerous projects for the City of Santa Monica, Cal Tech, Colby College, Princeton University, and the Annenberg Visitors Center in Rancho Mirage, and the historic renovation of Sunnylands, the Annenberg Estate near Palm Springs. For several years, he has been involved in projects relating to Quincy's work, including several residences of varying scales.  In the mid-1990s, Fisher purchased the office building that once housed the office of A. Quincy Jones and Fred Emmons from Quincy's widow, Elaine Jones. 

Located three miles from Santa Monica Beach on the original Route 66, the office was built by Jones and Emmons in 1955. The building was expanded to its current size of 7,500 square feet in 1959.  A. Quincy Jones and Frederick F. Emmons organized the building as a double height studio space with an interconnected series of low offices and conference areas. The warmth and intimacy of Jones and Emmons' residential work, including many Eichler homes, is found in the office environment. The spacial and material qualities, profusion of daylight, and strong connection to gardens create a workplace of exceptional comfort. Latent references to Japanese architecture such as panelized walls and floors; wood walls and ceilings; and small, walled rock gardens with bamboo are typical of the period. Visitors often remark on the domestic character of the building.   

Fisher considers the building's organization and aesthetics to be of enduring value and representative of his firm's values fifty years after it was built. The integration of indoor and outdoor space, the expression of structure, daylighting, and the use of organic materials are consistent with Fisher and Partners' aesthetic sensibilities. Renovations were minimal, consisting mostly of refinishing surfaces and updating the mechanical system. Fisher consulted Jones' widow, Elaine, on the restoration. Fifties era furnishings by George Nelson and the Eames, who were friends of Jones, complement the firm's collection of contemporary art. The change from hand drafting to computers required reduction of daylight through screens.

While introverted from the adjacent streets, the building is open to its series of garden courtyards. Pamela Burton, Nancy Power and Jay Griffith each redesigned one of these gardens. Fisher considers each garden as an outdoor room with a distinct character. Mature eucalyptus trees and bamboo from the original planting are preserved. The building's place in local architectural history has been affirmed by its designation as a Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument in 2001.