Back to West Side Home Tour 2013

This artist/architect designed gem was featured in the Wall St. Journal is a must see for those interested in the design of a live/work, home and studio with gardens. The architect, Molly Reid, well known for the simple generosity of her many home designs, designed the house and studio where she and her husband, the internationally recognized sculptor Cliff Garten reside with their daughter Rhea. The home environment is collaboration between the artist and architect to suit a lifestyle where creative work flows with everyday household activity. The compound is designed as a series of four spaces: the front garden room, the redesigned house, the rear garden room and the garage/studio with alley access. This program provides connection between architecture and landscape allowing for outdoor/ indoor living, and the work and play of family life. The artist’s granite fountain under a wisteria arbor at the edge of the studio uses landscape grasses to connect back to a fire pit at the homes generous back deck, replete with large sliding mahogany doors, opening to the living room. The original property of a 1940’s bungalow with a 1969 addition has been cleverly redesigned by the architect without changing the original home foot print. Complementing the architect’s elegant renovation a semi-transparent sculpture wall by the artist allows separation and connection between the architect’s generous and modern kitchen and elegant and vibrantly colored dining and living room area.

  • Area: Venice, CA
  • Livable square footage: 2,500 sq. ft
  • Number of bedrooms: 3
  • Construction completed: Remodel and Landscaping completed in 2009
  • Garten + Reid Residence: Exterior

    The bones of the original 1940s Garten & Reid Residence are intact; architect Molly Reid played off the 1969 addition with late-midcentury touches.

  • Garten + Reid Residence: Living Room

    The couples interests and design collaboration renders an atmosphere where creative work and family life interface in a beautiful environment sparked by innovative design and the couples collections and work. Furniture by Gerrit Rietveld, Arne Jacobsen, Otto Wagner, Alvar Alto and Frank Gehry can be found in the kitchen and living room.

  • Garten + Reid Residence: Wood Wall

    Garten’s husband, sculptor Cliff Reid, envisioned the vibrant wood wall separating the living room and kitchen.

  • Garten + Reid Residence: Kitchen
  • Garten + Reid Residence: Artist Studio

    The art studio at the Garten & Reid Residence is located across the rear yard, and acts as a contemporary counterpoint to the house’s midcentury leanings.

  • Garten + Reid Residence: At Night

About the Architect

A licensed architect in the state of California, as well as a LEED accredited professional, Molly brings over 26 years of professional experience to the studio. Prior to opening her practice in 1994 and joining the studio, Molly worked in the offices of Lorcan O'Herlihy in Santa Monica, CA and Naomi Leff and Associates in New York, NY. Molly holds a Masters of Architecture Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architects and a Bachelors of Arts from Barnard College.


General Contractor: Roman Janczak Construction,

Solar Contractor: Wade Solar Webb

Landscape Consultant: Sasha Tarnepolsky of Dry Design

Scultural Wall: Master Carpenter Clarke Albright, 503-522-8056


Molly Reid, LEED AP

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