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A designer’s live/work loft in LA lists for $1.1m

Story by Jamie Robinson The live/work loft of a designer and publisher duo has hit the market in Los Angeles’ Arts District for $1.1m. Sitting on the top floor of the Molino Lofts building – one of the area’s original adaptive reuse projects – the one-bedroom bolthole belongs to Micah Heimlich of design firm UnHeim and writer Paul Foss....

The LA You May Not Know – Castles, featuring Crosby Doe

Story by Patrick Campbell When you think of castles in Southern California, you might think of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, or Hearst Castle in San Simeon, or perhaps the Magic Castle in Hollywood. But there are castle style buildings all around us in LA. They come in all sizes, from large hotels and apartment buildings to small cottages. They’re known as French Normandy Revival Architecture...

One-of-a-Kind Modernist Marvel Truly Shines in Studio City

Story by Lisa Johnson Mandell One thing is certain about this modernist marvel in L.A.'s Studio City: There's nothing else like it in the world. The one-bedroom, two-bath home comes with an unwieldy moniker—"The Lois and Roger Kennedy Studio/Residence #3"—and it's now available for the first time in over 30 years, for $1.9 million....

Publisher and art collector Benedikt Taschen and his wife, Lauren purchase a Modernist on Summit Drive

Neal J. Leitereg Publisher and art collector Benedikt Taschen and his wife, Lauren, paid $1.15 million less than the asking price for a modernist trophy on Summit Drive. Set at the end of a gated driveway, the Midcentury Modern-style residence was designed by noted architects Thornton Abell and O’Neil Ford. Virtually untouched since it was built in 1956, the post-and-beam is distinguished by its...

American Idyll

American Idyll With the restoration of a neglected mid-century Neutra home in the West Covina hills came a renewed sense of history and a revived quality of life. by Mark Morrison Photo by Cameron Carothers The first time Deborah Chumi Paul set eyes on Richard Neutra’s Roberts House in early 2014, it looked more like a drug den than a mid-century find. “There was garbage everywhere, needles...

Editor’s Note

Editor's Note: Appreciation and Preservation By Crosby Doe Two years ago, Richard Neutra’s mid-century Roberts House sat derelict, decaying and ripe for demolition when the 60-year-old property hit the market. Thankfully, wiser and more enlightened minds prevailed, and the house fell into the right hands as detailed in this issue’s cover story, appropriately titled “American Idyll.” Earlier this...

The Art of Mastering the Slope

The Art of Mastering the Slope Never one to run from a creative challenge, Rudolph Schindler proved he could conquer hillside terrain with his innovative Kallis House in suburban Los Angeles. by Nicholas Olsberg As our perspective on mid-20th-century Los Angeles grows with the passage of time, we are quicker to recognize that its experiments in modern living were as vast as they were varied and the...

Pletsch in Pasadena

Pletsch in Pasadena by Barbara Lamprecht “I have lived with over 500 women—because I have over 500 houses,” Theodore Pletsch told an interviewer in 1985 while recording his oral history. “I have learned how to dig a house out of a woman’s mind. Matter of fact, I sit down on a slope board and I draw it in front of them. We just talk and I draw. Sometimes they help me draw.” Nowhere is his...

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