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
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
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.