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Holy Atrium! Tour an Eichler Collaborator's Midcentury Stunner

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All photos by David Wakely/Ira Kahn via Matt Kahn Living Trust

Location: Stanford, California
Price: Upon Request

Located minutes away from the picturesque Stanford University campus, the Matt and Lyda Kahn house is a midcentury stunner with an incredible design pedigree. The 1959 residence was a collaboration between famed modernist A. Quincy Jones, Joseph Eichler, and Matt Kahn himself—who, along with wife Lyda, served as the principle design consultants for Eichler for a decade, designing much of the interiors and branding graphics for the famous tract homes. Kahn, who was also a long-time Stanford art professor and one-time student of Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, passed away two years ago at age 85. His house, impeccably maintained and gloriously maximalist, is now for sale, albeit only to Stanford faculty.

The classic post-and-beam construction features a U-shaped floor plan, in which a leafy central atrium is enclosed by a master suite, kitchen/living/dining area, and two additional bedrooms. Plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows give the home a bounty of natural light, but there are also added stained-glass hanging panels on two sides of the living room for enhanced lighting effects. As it stands, the series of mahogany shelving and cabinetry built-ins throughout the home become lovely backdrops for Kahn's collection of decorative art and souvenirs.


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