Maienza Wilson, John Maienza, Gregg Wilson, Interior Design, Architecture, Interior Decorating, Landscape Design, Garden Design, Project Management, Globally Gorgeous, Montecito, Estate, John Elgin Woolf


Montecito, California, East Mountain Drive

Maienza+Wilson Architectual Renovation and Landscape Design, Interior Design, Interior Decoration and Construction.

In the heart of Montecito lies a testament to architectural revival, the Maienza+Wilson restoration of a John Elgin Woolf masterpiece. This mid-century estate, once left in disrepair, has been meticulously brought back to life, embodying the epitome of Hollywood Regency and mid-century architecture. Through the visionary talents of John Maienza and Gregg Wilson, this Montecito renovation project celebrates the dramatic flair and grandeur inherent to Woolf's original designs, now preserved for future generations to admire.

Embarking on a journey of architectural rediscovery, Maienza+Wilson unearthed Woolf's original plans within the prestigious archives of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Their dedication to authenticity and innovation led to the resurrection of this iconic estate, infusing it with a modern sensibility that complements its historical significance. The renovation pays homage to the Hollywood dramatic style, reimagining Woolf's visionary concepts with a contemporary twist, making it a prime example of a Montecito renovation that respects its Hollywood Regency roots while embracing modernity.

This Montecito renovation showcases luxurious enhancements across every facet of the estate. The transformation includes opulent bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, an exquisite wine cellar, and a dual-purpose Pool House / Guest House that epitomizes the seamless blend of functionality and elegance. Each space is a celebration of Woolf's dramatic mid-century architectural details, meticulously recreated and integrated into the design to honor the original Hollywood grandeur, further solidifying the estate's place within the Hollywood dramatic style and mid-century architecture.

The essence of this project lies in its ability to marry the past with the present, creating a stunning simplification of the "Hollywood Dramatic" style that Woolf famously pioneered. Maienza+Wilson's approach is a delicate balance of reverence for historical elements and a bold vision for modern living. The estate stands as a beacon of mid-century architecture and Hollywood Regency, inviting occupants to experience a space that speaks to both the legacy and the future of design.

In their pursuit of excellence, Maienza and Wilson have crafted not just a residence, but a narrative that weaves together the rich history of Hollywood Regency with the timeless appeal of mid-century design. The Montecito renovation is a dialogue between the old and the new, where every corner, every texture, and every line tells a story of revival and inspiration, showcasing the harmonious blend of Hollywood Regency and mid-century architectural principles.

This Montecito estate is more than a home; it is a masterpiece of architectural alchemy, where the principles of Hollywood Regency and mid-century architecture converge to create a living work of art. The project stands as a testament to Maienza+Wilson's unparalleled ability to transform forgotten spaces into monuments of design, capturing the essence of luxury, sophistication, and architectural integrity.

As featured in a Vanity Fair article on John Elgin Woolf, this estate's revival is not merely a renovation but a renaissance of mid-century architectural splendor. Maienza+Wilson have once again set a new standard for design, presenting a Montecito residence that is a harmonious blend of history, artistry, and the transformative power of architecture. This estate is not just a place to live; it is a sanctuary that embodies the grandeur of Hollywood Regency, the elegance of mid-century design, and the visionary spirit of two of the most esteemed architects of our time, all while being a standout example of a Montecito renovation that pays tribute to the Hollywood dramatic style.


Maienza+Wilson used Farrow & Ball paints and wall coverings throughout the house. MW Contrasted the high gloss architectural details with chalky flat paint and classic wall papers as well as luxurious drapery fabrics from the Kneedler Fauchere.