Archive for the ‘Architectural Landmarks’ Category

635 Kaweah Drive in Pasadena

635 Kaweah Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105

2 BR/2 BA

Built in 1949 by architect Robert E. Bond, this newly listed mid-century is located in the Poppy Peak Historic District of Pasadena. Along with Bond, homes in this area were designed by notable architects including Richard Neutra; Harwell Hamilton Harris; and Buff, Straub and Hensman.

The residence is stunningly beautiful in its simplicity and design.

While modestly sized, the home’s walls of glass, angled roofline, and multiple outdoor areas provide a much grandeur feel.

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2188 Ponet Drive in Los Feliz

2188 Ponet Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

8 BR/10 BA

I saw this incredible new listing in Los Feliz yesterday. It’s the Victor Rossetti Residence, designed by famed architect Paul Williams in 1928. This Mediterranean style residence is an incredible 8,240 square feet and is listed as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #915.

The lavish estate is a rare example of Paul Williams’ Italianate style and has been superbly restored and lovingly updated. The residence offers a long private driveway, stunning city views, voluminous rooms, plentiful bedrooms, and three separate offices/guesthouses.

The large motor court leads to the main floor with grand reception rooms, including living room, den/library, dining room, breakfast, and kitchen.

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Huell Howser’s Volcano House

50451 Silver Valley Road
Newberry Springs, CA 92357

2 BR/2 BA

If your lifelong dream is to live in a flying saucer in the middle of the desert, this is your home.  The newly-listed Volcano House is a mid-century icon, perched on a 150-foot cinder cone, offering rare architectural elements paired with unique 360 degree views.

This incredible residence was originally commissioned in 1968 by Vard Wallace, a mechanic who built a business selling drafting machines and airplane parts during World War II.

The home was subsequently owned by Huell Howser, the late producer and host of the TV show “California’s Gold”. Howser donated the home to Chapman University in 2012, a year before he died. The university planned on using it for desert studies, astronomy, and geology pursuits but found that the location was not suitable for their needs.

The Volcano House sits on 60 acres in the Mojave Desert, approximately 45 minutes east of Barstow.

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7960 Fareholm Drive in the Hollywood Hills

7960 Fareholm Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046
3 BD/ 2 BA

A short drive into the hills, just north of Hollywood Boulevard, rises Richard Nuetra’s Kun Residence, 1936.  Perched over a hill in prime West Hollywood, this home has exceptional views from the city to the ocean. Modernist architectural master Richard Neutra called this Hollywood Hills home his favorite of the period.

After a meticulous restoration, the original vision has been superbly and sensitively returned to Neutra’s original vision and is now a cultural heritage monument.

Features include a rooftop deck at the entry foyer, formal living and dining rooms with large wrap around deck facing south and offering extraordinary views and light. Read more…

2014 Home Of The Year

Update 12/22: And the winner is….Silvertop! Not a big surprise that one of the best houses in L.A. won. The voting wasn’t even that close as the landmark Lautner property captured a wopping 37% of the votes. Tied for second place was the Wirin House and 7529 Mulholland Dr with 11% each. The full results are below and here is some more info about the sale of Silvertop. Thank you all for voting and happy holidays!

View the rest of this year’s nominees after the jump:

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MAK Games 2014

The second annual MAK Games are upon us! Taking place in Beverly Hills at the 1963 John Lautner-designed Sheats/Goldstein Residence, this tennis tournament, while still in it’s infancy, greatly benefits the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. The teams are made up of a diverse array of cultural figures including artists, architects, writers and musicians. Enjoy cocktails, bar-b-que, music, and tours of the house while cheering on your favorite team!

This year, all of the teams slated to participate in the MAK Games play in the qualifying pre-tournament, which will take place between Saturday, September 13 and October 5. These games are privately held at various courts around Los Angeles.

Vying for the MAK Cup, the four teams to emerge as semi-finalists will compete at the recently completed Sheats/Goldstein Infinity Court on October 12, 2014.


Early Bird Price – Purchase before September 12:

Friends of the MAK Center: $140 each (limit 2 per friend)
General Public: $175
Package of 10: $1600

After September 12:

Friends of the MAK Center: $180 (limit 2 per friend)
General Public: $220
Package of 10: $2000

Click here for more info and to order tickets.

Image courtesy of  Elizabeth Daniels, Elizabeth Daniels Photography; MAK Center for Art and Architecture

2138 Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake

2138 Micheltorena Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 BD/ 4 BA

Best seen from Silver Lake Boulevard, across the reservoir, the Reiner-Burchiill Residence, Silvertop, is to Los Angeles’ residential architecture as Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal is to New York City.  Commissioned by industrialist and engineer Kenneth Reiner as his home, Silvertop was John Lautner’s, F.A.I.A, first major use of monolithic concrete as a sculptural as well as an architectural component. It was completed in 1963, after nearly seven years of construction.

Perched out of view atop a hill the residence is accessed by a sweeping concrete driveway, amid mature trees and tailored landscaping.

The organic modern house features a huge, arching concrete roof over a wall of glass opening the interior to expansive views. Adjacent to the living room is a separate music room with access to the pool and gardens.

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4520 Dundee Drive in Los Feliz

4520 Dundee Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
3 BD/ 2.5 BA

Sited on one of the finest architectural streets in prime Los Feliz, this private and intact original Post and Beam masterpiece is Historical Cultural Monument 674.  Designed by Edward Fickett, Architect in 1966, “The Jacobson Residence” is the first contemporary structure to receive landmark status by the city of Los Angeles.

Walls of glass surround the airy living room, with vaulted ceiling, dark beams, wood burning fireplace and wrap around deck.

Adjacent to to the main living area is the bright open dining room with custom light fixtures and city views.  Read more…

3947 Markridge Road in La Crescenta

3947 Markridge Road
La Crescenta, CA 91214

Overlooking the Angeles National Forest in La Cresenta on a sprawling six acre lot are two new to market architectural homes. The first home, the Dorothy Serulnic Residence was designed and built in 1953 by Richard Neutra.  The Pittman and Dowell residence, designed and built in 2009 by Michael Maltzman sits at a lower point on the sprawling lot and is a complimentary structure.  Bridging the two is The Pavilion, a California Native and Cactus garden.

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MAK Architecture Tour 2014

In honor of it’s 20th year, the MAK Center is celebrating by opening a set of exceptional private homes by renowned architect R.M. Shindler for its MAK Architecture Tour 2014. The opening wine reception, May 17, will feature a talk with Judith Sheine at the How House.  Professor Judith Sheine is Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon and has been recognized as the leading authority on the work of architect R. M. Schindler.  She has lectured extensively on the architect’s work in North America and Europe, written several books and co-curated an exhibit at Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona.  This discussion is going to be interesting and insightful and if you are an R.M. Schindler devotee should not be missed! This year’s schedule: Saturday May 17, 5-7pm: Opening wine reception and lecture with Judith Sheine, How House Sunday May 18, 11-5pm:

How House (1925) Elliot House (1930) Bubeshko Apartments (1938/1941) Wilson House (1938) Falk Apartments penthouse (1939) Droste House (1940)

Each tour itinerary will take approximately 3.5 hours. TICKETS

Saturday, May 17, How House Reception: $50 Sunday May 18 Tour: $75, $60 Friends of the MAK Center and students with I.D. Shuttle bus option surcharge: $65

Click here for more info and to order tickets.

James Eads How House (R.M. Schindler, 1925)
Image courtesy of  Cory Weiss, Partners Trust Beverly Hills