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Tremaine Garden: A Mid-Century Modern Classic

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The succulent garden surrounded the dining terrace on the upper level. A sundeck extended into the landscape and formed the roof of the entertainment pavilion adjacent to the proposed pool. Tree aloes, yuccas, and agaves punctuate succulents massed for color and texture effects. Photographs by Russell Beatty
Russell Beatty’s photographs capture the Tremaine garden in 1970 shortly before the Tremaines sold their house. At that time, it was still under the care of its original gardener, Rudy Reyes. There have been numerous alterations to both house and garden in the past thirty years, and the property is now reduced to less than three acres.
Nestled within a seemingly natural landscape, the Tremaine house in Montecito (near Santa Barbara) was recognized the moment it was built in 1948 as a landmark in modern architecture and as a perfect example of the integration of structure and setting. Internationally-renowned architect Richard Neutra designed the house for Warren and Katherine (Kit) Tremaine. Its famous succulent garden also took its place as a unique expression of mid-century modernism. Designed by Santa ...

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