Sharp angles, gentle curves
When Hodges first saw the dramatic gables of this thoroughly modern house, he knew the “assertive architecture” demanded a similarly commanding gate. The 6-ft.-tall, 1-ft.-sq. concrete columns lend scale and formality, and the rounded gate top serves as a counterpoint to the emphatic roof angle above.
As he does with all his gates, Hodges designed and built the composition, working with western red cedar, concrete, steel, and copper. A mailbox (visible only to Hodges, the homeowner, and the letter carrier) is hidden in the potato vines. Copper details such as these Art Deco-style windows and fan-shaped lights are recurring design elements in Hodges’s gates and are left to weather naturally.
Hodges’s romantic notions about gates guide his lighting strategy. A low-voltage incandescent light gently washes the concrete and sets the mica and copper fixtures aglow—an outcome more theatrical than illuminating.