American Idyll

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 […]

Editor’s Note

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 […]

The Art of Mastering the Slope

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 […]

Pletsch in Pasadena

Pletsch in Pasadena

Pletsch in Pasadena by Barbara Lamprecht “I have lived with over 500 women—because I have [designed] 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 […]

Out with the New

Out with the New

Out with the New Breaking with tradition, more Asian buyers are discovering the value of owning vintage architect-designed and historic properties. by Alison Singh Gee David You was scrolling through the online pages of The Wall Street Journal in 2015 when something called to him. A native of Jiangsu Province, China, he had stumbled upon […]

West World

West World

West World With this 1968 Bell Canyon model home and its master-planned recreational surroundings, Cliff May took the suburban ranch to the next level—and further defined Western living. by Andrea Hunter Dietz Sheltered beneath ancient oaks, the low, white ranch house with the concrete tile roof does not broadcast its architectural import. Yet this unpretentious […]

Man of the Century

Man of the Century

Man of the Century by Pierluigi Serraino, AIA “If I had to do it all over again,” says Richard Bradshaw, “I would become an architect.” These are powerful words coming from the low-key structural engineer who, having worked closely with architectural masters such as Richard Neutra, Carl Maston, Welton Becket, Paul Williams, A. Quincy Jones, […]

Valuing Architecture as Art

Valuing Architecture as Art

Valuing Architecture as Art The Recent Sale of the Manola Apartments by Architect Rudolph Schindler defies the use of Standard Appraisal Techniques by John C. Carlson The terraced property at 1807 Edgecliffe Drive in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood isn’t just any apartment complex. Designed by legendary architect Rudolf Schindler with broad windows and double-height ceilings, […]

Editor’s Note: Two Wrongs to Wright

Editor’s Note: Two Wrongs to Wright

Editor’s Note: Two Wrongs to Wright By Crosby Doe When I was in grade school, growing up in Pasadena, California one of my teachers told us the story of the destruction of the Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt, one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. It was beyond my comprehension, […]