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Garrett Eckbo, the Brody estate's master of landscape

October 20, 2010 |  7:11 am

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A. Quincy Jones designed the Holmby Hills house. Decorator William "Billy" Haines created interiors. And for the garden, owner Frances Brody chose the leading Southern California landscape architect of the era, Garrett Eckbo.

Eckbo (1910-2000) was a fitting choice for Brody, an art patron and collector. Eckbo viewed landscape architecture as a fine art and looked to modern painting and sculpture, including artists Joan Miró and Naum Gabo, for the forms, shapes and geometries that appeared in his work. More than 50 years after work on the Brody estate was completed, the property sits on the market for $24.95 million. Artworks that lived inside were among the Brody pieces sold at auction in May for more than $335 million, but the landscape remains, largely intact. You can read about the classic design and the man who crafted it in The Times article and photo gallery.

-- Jeffrey Head

Photo credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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