“In this particular instance, Norman lines, such as were left by the descendants of the Vikings, following their peregrinations of an ante- mediaeval period, were the main source of inspiration. Saxony and Northern Italy were also borrowed from in carrying out the exterior. The curves and arches, although not symmetrical, are all geometrically related, in order to create an ensemble of harmonious lines suggestive of spiritual truths.”
— Architect Jean-Louis Egasse in an interview about the house in the December 1923 issue of California Southland Magazine
What’s in a Name?
The Egasse-Braasch House has been known by several names over the years. Here are a few of those names:
- The Lotus House – the name that the Braasch family apparently used for the house. There are carvings, tiles, plaster florettes and stained glass windows with the motif to this day.
- The Good Will Hunting House – named by neighbors after the former residents of the house became famous
- Macastle – the second owner’s one-upmanship of an uncle who had a Macabin in the local mountains
- The Egasse-Braasch House – named by the current owners after the architect, Jean-Louis Egasse, and the family name of the original family who commissioned and lived in the house until 1978
- Ouija House – popularized by the name of movie shot at the house in 2017, released in 2018