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The Milton and Miriam Lincoff Residence (designed 1964, constructed 1966) by architect Leonard Veitzer.

Published in Sunset Magazine, in 1966/67, the Lincoff Residence will be listed for sale in early May for the first time.

This 4-bedroom, 3-bath home occupies 3,390 square feet on a 0.5 acre lot.

From Leonard Veitzer’s ‘architectural autobiography’, “After being settled in at Mosher and Drew in La Jolla for a month, I was contacted by Milton Lincoff, an ophthalmologist, about designing a home for him and his wife Miriam (Mim) and their two daughters, Deena and Marcy. Although my time was filled with my tasks at Mosher and Drew and the long round trip to La Jolla, this opportunity was too appealing to pass up. We met at their home in Chula Vista on a Saturday morning and then drove over to their lot nearby. The property was a triangular half-acre at the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet residential neighborhood. There was no view but the primary exposure was southward and sunny."

We immediately felt comfortable with each other as we discussed what they wanted in a new home – not just the physical characteristics but also the spirit of place that could provide comfort and tranquility. I proposed term as that were agreeable and sent them a contract. I spent time with them over the next few weekends until I began to formulate some ideas. I worked evenings at home on Russmar Drive in the Serra Mesa neighborhood of San Diego, and after a few weeks presented the preliminary drawings. I had proposed a flat roofed, rambling single-story 3,450 square foot plan opening southward to and embracing the rear yard. Exteriors were of vertical western red cedar siding and had rounded corners. Interior spaces were open and spacious, with four different floor levels and varying ceiling heights throughout. Series of French doors opened the interiors to several patios and terraces. They received these ideas and designs enthusiastically and authorized me to launch into the construction documents. This would be a daunting task to undertake alone, given my full time job in La Jolla. I needed help.

I hired an experienced architect friend of mine, Guy Anderson, who was forced to close his office of lack of clients. He needed work and I could rely on him to do my work well. I provided all the design and details and he did all the drafting as well as the structural engineering. McDonald and Paoluccio were the mechanical engineers and I provided the electrical design. I also wrote all the specifications. Guy and I agreed to split the construction document fee (drawings and specifications) 50/50. Although I visited the site on weekends during construction, Guy was responsible for the construction administration (supervision), for which he received the entire portion of the fee allocated for supervision. This arrangement worked very well. I would sketch out certain details at home and he would incorporate them into the drawings. And I would review his drawings weekly as well. The whole process went so smoothly that together we were able to complete all the construction documents in three months.

I had suggested to the Lincoffs to interview Ted Mintz of Mabie & Mintz to be the general contractor. I had known Ted since I moved to San Diego in 1947. He had started out to be an architect but later chose to go into construction. Mabie and Mintz were quality builders and had developed an enviable reputation for honesty and efficiency. The Lincoffs were impressed with their work and signed a contract for $84,500. The construction went smoothly and was completed in the Spring of 1966. Joe Yamada provided a beautiful and sensitive landscape design and as the trees and plantings slowly matured, the whole house and its park-like environment became as one, serene and intimate.

In the late 1940s Leonard Veitzer pursued a degree in architecture at Cal alongside fellow students like Ray Kappe. Drafted into the US Army during the Korean War, he would return to Cal in 1954, to work towards completion of his degree. That summer Veitzer took a brief summer job with Fred Liebhardt in La Jolla. After graduation he travelled and worked all over – including in New York, as assistant designer for Harrison & Abramovitz on the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. The young architect returned to San Diego in 1958 working for Dale Naegle - again in La Jolla. Licensed in 1960, he opened a small office – before closing it in 1963 to work for Robert Mosher and Roy Drew. The office of Architect Leonard Veitzer AIA reopened again on Fifth Avenue, this time in Lloyd and Ilse Ruocco’s Design Center Building where he worked alongside the region’s leading architects, landscape architects and designers in a collaborative environment.