Virtually all of the photographs are black and white, of course, but many of the pre–World War I houses are so excruciatingly furnished that it may be a blessing they're not in color — though I would love to have seen La Miniatura, Frank Lloyd Wright's concrete-block pre-Columbian temple in color, or the Pasadena palace of Adolphus Busch, who stocked his beer-baron gardens with a flock of sheep and pottery figures from German fairy tales.
This set is a must-have for Angelenos. For the rest of us — we'd have loved a little map.
Published by Acanthus Press (); Vol. 1, 386 pages; Vol. 2, 392 pages; $89 each.