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Inside Patrick Dempsey's Domesticated Frank Gehry Design

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All photos by Roger Davies/Architectural Digest

So it seems even the most celebrated, avant garde, and controversial architects can have their work watered down to be palatable to superstar clientele. In 1968, long before he was known the world over for his bashed-in sardine can aesthetic and sublimely demonizable memorials, architect Frank Gehry designed an unadorned Southern California residence now known as Tin House, what Architectural Digest describes as a "rhomboidal corrugated-metal-clad live/work space." Fast forward 46 years and it's the homebase of actor Patrick Dempsey—a.k.a. Grey's Anatomy's McDreamy—and his family, who've domesticated the space into primo AD fodder.

Dempsey and Co. bought the barn-like three-bedroom in 2010 for $7M: "We were looking for a little land and space, and a house with some architectural significance," Dempsey tells AD. "The exterior's simplicity appealed to me, and the inside felt very expansive and calming. Everywhere you looked there was something visually pleasing."

Built to be a "bohemian atelier" for abstract artist Ron Davis, the home and surrounding property underwent a Renaissance under the ownership of the Malibu spa moguls that lived there between Davis and Dempsey. The home's ultimate transformation into family-friendly dwelling meant building out an alfresco kitchen (with pizza oven, duh), "enclosures for the Dempseys' ever-growing menagerie of chickens, miniature donkeys, rabbits, goats, pigs, and one rescued African tortoise," and thick traces of garden tract.

Inside, designer Estee Stanley brought in antiques to match the repurposed scaffolding flooring, all set up "into smart, comfortable vignettes ideal for repose." Read the full article, over at AD.

· Patrick Dempsey's Welcoming Malibu Home [Architectural Digest]
· All Frank Gehry coverage [Curbed National]