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Harris’ Hansen House

Stop #3 on the MAK Tour was another Harwell Hamilton Harris House – the Hansen House in Silver Lake overlooking the reservoir. Built ten years after the Alexander House, Harris looked to blend function, nature and aesthetics and place the occupants’ needs and comfort above all else (sounds like a good idea to me). Harris succeeded so well that the original owners lived in the house for 40 years.

Harris’ Alexander House

Stop number two on the MAK Center tour was Harwell Hamilton Harris’ Alexander house at 2265 Micheltorena in Silver Lake. This house had a lot of charm. Harris was an apprentice to Richard Neutra in the 1920s and this house incorporates the regional and historical influences of Neutra’s International Style.

1444 Poppy Peak Drive in Pasadena


New to the market, the de Steiguer Residence, 1936, 1951, designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris, F.A.I.A and Leland Evison, A.I.A. This incredible home was moved to the Poppy Peak Historic District in 1951 by Leland Evison to avoid demolition during the construction of the 134 Freeway. Harris’s two-story, hillside design is an expression of modern … Continued

2421 Silver Ridge Avenue in Silver Lake


The Hawk House, 1939, Harwell Hamilton Harris, architect. This rare and significant offering is a striking example of H.H. Harris at his early simple best.

Pasadena Heritage 2012 Spring Home Tour

The upcoming Pasadena Heritage 35th Anniversary Spring Home Tour will highlight mid-century modern residential architecture on a self-driven tour of 5 mid-century homes designed by noted architects.

2015 Home Of The Year

Is it already almost 2016!? Hard to believe but it is time again for us to decide which was the best home of 2015. This was a great year for architectural listings in Los Angeles and it was hard to narrow the picks to just these 10 homes. I’ve blogged about so many great houses this year, but the following are my favorites.

635 Kaweah Drive in Pasadena


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.

3763 Fredonia Drive In Hollywood Hills


Newly listed, the Mary and Lee Blair Residence and Studio, 1939, designed by Harwell Hamilton Harris. This exceptional residence underwent a meticulous multi-year restoration.

580 North Hermosa Avenue in Sierra Madre


Harwell Hamilton Harris, FAIA, 1949; John T. Lyle, AIA, FASLA, 1986. The J.J. Mulvihill Residence and Lyle Design Studio. Designed by master architect Harwell Hamilton Harris in 1949, the 2,000-square-foot, three-level home celebrates Harris’s multivalent approach to architecture.

3763 Fredonia Drive In Hollywood Hills


The Lee and Mary Blair Residence was designed by modernist architect Harwell Hamilton Harris in 1939 and features spectacular construction in redwood and glass. This is the first time the home has been on the market since 1955.