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Casa Alta An Andalusian Paradise

Casa Alta An Andalusian Paradise

Princeton Architectural Press

By Elizabeth McMillan


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When San Franciscans Victor Carrasco and
Elizabeth McMillan bought their dream home in
1978, an abandoned courtyard house in a small
Andalusian village in Southern Spain, they had
little idea of the adventure ahead of them, beyond
the immediate task of restoring an old building
in poor condition. In addition to lacking modern
amenities like plumbing and electricity, the fifteenthcentury
Casa Alta featured a partly caved-in roof, a
cracked facade, and a collapsed central arcade. What
attracted the intrepid couple was not the structural
mayhem facing them, but the spaces the three-footthick
whitewashed walls enclosed, including two
large courtyards, panoramic views of the landscape,
and the ineffable history of a house that dates back
to Roman times. Casa Alta presents the breathtaking
results of a nearly three-decade-long labor of love.
Stunning photographs capture the lived-in details
of the house—part sanctuary and part labyrinth—
from vibrant tiles and textiles to calming plants
and pools. Bursting with color, pattern, light, and
texture, Casa Alta is a fount of creative inspiration
and an extraordinarily moving personal story
sure to captivate anyone who has ever dreamed of
renovating a historic home.

• Features gorgeous images by acclaimed
photographer Richard Barnes

• Includes written contributions by John Loomis
(author of Revolution of Forms), architect Antonio
Ortiz, poet Jacobo Cortines, and the late Victor

• Appeals to interiors and lifestyle audiences

• Dual-language edition (English and Spanish)

More Details

Size: 8.5 x 10.5 in;
Pages: 192 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: April 2013
ISBN: 9781616891374
ISBN10: 1616891378
Author and philanthropist Elizabeth McMillan splits her time between her home in San Francisco and Casa Alta

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