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Jacob Lawrence
These walls do talk
These walls do talk

BEFORE Bernard and Shirley Kinsey remodeled their cliff-side home in Pacific Palisades, they often climbed up on the roof of the original two-bedroom midcentury tract house to take in the magnificent view of Santa Monica Bay. When guests visit, "people want to see the view. That's what we do first," Bernard Kinsey says. But the couple had more on their mind when they called architect Doug Breidenbach. The house also had to provide a suitable showcase for their extensive collection of African American paintings, sculptures, artifacts, antique papers and ephemera. They depended on their friend Breidenbach, who had worked with them on four houses. "He knew our...

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