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The dining-kitchen wing is entered through a deep arch, as though May wanted residents to experience a sense of procession. The charming dining room is just big enough for a table and chairs to fit in front of the kiva fireplace, but it feels larger because its pair of casement windows swing open, dissolving the barrier between courtyard and room.


An even smaller, quainter breakfast nook and built-in butler’s pantry are tucked into this sequence of rooms. These adjoin the kitchen, which retains the original tile floor and much of its cabinetry. Instead of using metal straps for the hinges on the wood cabinets, as he did in the O’Leary house, May had them fashioned out of wood and painted black. Recent owners recreated the faux finishes and added decorative wall tiles. A small patio off the kitchen connects to the main courtyard and to the terraced gardens that disappear into the canyon.


One of the owner’s special possessions is a signed and framed Certificate of Authenticity that May presented to his early clients. It listed key craftsmen and guaranteed the quality of workmanship. In 2001, the Lindstrom House became the first building designed by May to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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