After studying sculpture and painting at Chouinard Art School, Leong became the first Chinese American to graduate from USC’s architecture program.
He then worked alongside architects Paul Williams and Harwell Hamilton Harris before branching out on his own to design various residential and commercial buildings in Los Angeles. His achievements include “Chinatown’s Baptist and Methodist churches, a Bank of America branch, and the Kong Chow Family Assn. and Temple, where he served as a director.
Leong co-designed the interior court and authentic Chinese garden in the Pacific Asian Museum in Pasadena, where he also served on the board. He was a founder of the East-West Bank and served on its board of directors for 23 years.”
The interior, measuring 2,404 square feet, opens to a light-filled foyer leading to a large living room anchored by an impressive floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. An open living-dining-den has wall-to-wall glass sliders taking you out to a large brick patio and a private flat grassy yard perfect for lounging on lazy Sunday afternoons, thinking about where to put a pool.
Architectural highlights throughout this three-bedroom, three-bath residence include a decorative wood and glass screen room divider, iron windows, flat panel wood doors and hardware, and soffit lighting.
There’s also a master suite with built-in closets and dressing area, an en-suite bath, and a private deck where you’ll enjoy tree top and mountain views.
Karen Lower lists this Gilbert Leong-designed dwelling for $1.699 million.