The Goodman Residence, Thomas A. Dismukes, AIA, 1964
The Goodman Residence, Thomas A. Dismukes, AIA, 1964. Taking advantage of the rolling topography in Pomona’s bucolic Ganesha Hills, the Goodman residence is an exemplary post and beam home that incorporates many of the core postwar tenets of the USC School of Architecture. A split-level design -- uncommon for Southern California -- maximizes the placement of the house as it sits offset on a hillside knoll.
The carefully selected location and the home’s south-facing position is not subdued. In fact, the home is prominent, obvious, and commanding to anyone looking north from the street below. And while these verbs could seem to describe a self-assured hubris, the house and grounds are anything but that. The front door and large yard are accessed from the upper level of the property which, on the surface, may seem antithetical to traditional design, but it is this placement that enables visitors to experience the carefully curated experience Dismukes planned: massive, open living spaces and limitless views.
While Dismukes body of post and beam architecture spanned from 1959 to the mid-1970s, the individual, artistic prowess displayed at the 1964 Goodman residence must be noted as one of his greatest designs. Rather than full-height, dramatic, exposed beams with decking on top, Dismukes, at the request of his client, recessed the beams and rafter tails spanning the vast open spaces. This seemingly simple decision increases the feeling of height in the space while also demonstrating that Dismukes was cognizant of spatial massing and horizontal ribboning of the upper floor.
Outdoor spaces include a lengthy balcony with views of the Pomona Valley and a large, private deck on the western edge of the house. The oversized, upper-level master suite is on the west side of the house, far removed from common areas and the other bedrooms and bathrooms. The lower level of the house has a spacious bedroom, bathroom, sauna, and a large entertainment room affectionately known as the “ballroom.” The pool with its amorphous design is accessible from the lower levels of the house or gate on the southern edge of the lanai.
The innovation and design of the Goodman residence reinforces the idea that Dismukes was not bound by dogmatic rules or intransigent methods which stifled many architects in their designs.