I began driving around town with the bible for architecture aficionados: Los Angeles, An Architectural Guide. The houses I discovered were like pieces of art, peering out from behind walls and trees; some were well cared for and some in desperate need of restoration.
How could I not know about these incredible buildings previously? In 1999, while searching for a property to buy, I met Crosby Doe, the architectural real estate expert. I fumbled past two Schindler houses on my way to buying and restoring a unit at the Avenel Housing by Gregory Ain.
My fascination with Schindler's complex designs continued through my association and docent work at the MAK Center at the Schindler House on Kings Road. As part of the MAK center tours, I have visited dozens of great homes by Schindler, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Gergory Ain, Harwell Harris, Irving Gill and William Kessling, to name a few.
I joined the office of Crosby Doe Associates as a natural progression to my sales background and love of great architecture.
Like so many others who appreciate great architecture, I feel that these houses are not merely buildings, they are like family. It is unforgivably when one of them is torn down or "remodeled" so extensively that the original design is lost. My mission is to attempt to preserve great architecture as a Crosby Doe real estate agent, and to educate homeowners and buyers in need of guidance with the process.
William Turnbull, Jr. (with Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, and Richard Whitaker) created the masterplan of the ecologically-designed 10-mile coastal stretch known as The Sea Ranch.
First offering: Kazuo Umemoto, Architect.From the small body of work discovered thus far, it seems likely that Kazuo Umemoto fully mastered the now classic post and beam glass house style pioneered by the U. S. C. School of Architecture just after the war.
First offering since 1952, Designed in 1911 for Mrs. Paul Miltimore, this house is considered the most significant surviving residence by architect Irving Gill in Southern California.”
This 1967 Modern Ranch Style residence was originally designed by local A.I.A. chapter President Robert Gordon, and has been creatively warmed by the current owners incorporating a high quality Nouveau Craftsman aesthetic.
Rudolph Schindler’s Roth Residence, 1946 with recent studio space by Barbara Bestor: Unless prepared, one’s first reaction to the Roth Residence is likely astonishment.
The Bonnet House, 1941. Richard Neutra, Architect. At the time of construction, this series of cubes angled into the hillside lot was widely hailed by critics in 'Architectural Record' and 'Arts & Artists' magazines.
Originally a single family home built for businessman, James S. Luckenbach, it was donated to the Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1902 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Kaspare Cohn.
Architect Robin Nanney (formerly of Gehry Partners), sensitively restored and modernized this unique 1952 cabin set on a private knoll.
At the time of construction, this series of cubes angled into the hillside lot was widely hailed by critics in 'Architectural Record' and 'Arts & Artists' magazines.
First offering since 1965. One of Schindler’s most complex hillside designs, each of the building's four apartments has a unique relationship to this corner site.
The Crowell Residence, 1967, by architect Theodore Pletsch in collaboration with owner/decorator Jean Crowell.
Manola Court, the Herman Sachs Apartments, 1926-40, Los Angeles County Museum of Art guide # D.4.5.
First offering: City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument #380, The Kallis-Sharlin Residence, 1946, by architect Rudolph Schindler, with later additions by Josef Van der Kar, and L.A. Twelve architect Leroy Miller, F.A.I A.
Yew, Inadomi, Sokol, Treweck, Flavin, Ohara, Akai, and Kambara: these are the celebrated Neutra Colony houses at Silver Lake.
The J.M. Roberts Residence, 1955. In the mid-fifties, the lifestyles afforded by Richard Neutra’s design aesthetic were not readily accepted in the Eastern San Gabriel Valley.
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #506. First time on the market since completion in 1950.
Ain stated: "Architecture is a social art, its esthetic power must be derived from a social ethos." He explored social issues through his progressive views with an emphasis on the flexible use of work, leisure and outdoor space planned to circul
Built over 37 acres of the historic Garbutt-Hathaway hilltop estate, today's Hathaway Hill Estates offers Silver Lake location convenience, round-the-clock guard gated security, privacy, and head-on Downtown Los Angeles city views.
One of only a handful of Silver Lake houses by William Kesling, the Collins House, expresses the Streamline Moderne form, symbolizing the machine age optimism of the 1930's.
H. E. Hansen House, Harwell Hamilton Harris, 1951. Harris wrote in 1948 that the "flowering of California architecture is a combination of free minds, love of nature, and an unspoiled countryside."