Full gallery below. Photos courtesy of SoCal Modern.

An original 1956 Paul Tay-designed Darrow Residence just hit the market in all its mid-mod glory.

2546Pine 01Situated at 2546 Pine Ave. in Central Long Beach, the single-story, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home can be yours for just under half a million dollars ($499K).

Spanning 1,820 sq. ft. on a nearly 5,000 sq. ft. lot, the home boasts of open beams that run inside-to-outside through glass walls and the original limestone chimney that marks Tay’s designs. Described as the “essence of midcentury modern living,” the Darrow Residence has a chockfull of original aspects that are practically in mint condition: original birch cabinets, original wall oven and cook top, original tongue and groove beech paneling, original hardware and lighting, original ceramic tile flooring, and the original custom terrazzo vanity and shower in the master bedroom.

The work of the rather unknown yet prolific architect showcases the high modern-meets-rancho style aesthetic that was also engendered by the more well-known architects Cliff May and Edward Killingsworth.

Born in Pomona, Tay—who was recently awarded an Excellence in Architecture recognition by Long Beach Heritage last year—opened his practice in Long Beach shortly after graduating from USC. Eventually, over 30 residential projects were created by Tay throughout his 25 years in Long Beach. Other notable Tay pieces in Long Beach include the Braly Residence on the Peninsula and the Sipprelle Residence in Signal Hill.


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