Preservation Personals: A Modernist Castle Above Los Angeles
If you know about Modernism, you understand that its global impact on art and architecture is immense, even though it’s a more recent movement than other famous and influential styles. You may also know that Neutra was one of its most important practitioners in America, and his homes and buildings can be found across Southern California. Still, I’m unique; Neutra was famous for taking each of his clients into account when designing homes, and I host plenty of features that catered to my original owner (shipbuilder John Rados), like the porthole and ship door taken from a craft his company was working on and a nice view of the Los Angeles harbor below.
Like I said, though, I’m a stellar example of Modernist design, and Neutra’s signature style is evident everywhere. Mahogany beams create clean visual lines through the house. My walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors—Neutra favorites—give you a beautiful view of the city and the mountains rising above it from the house’s interior. If you'd like to get closer to the view, I have a wraparound balcony, too.
If you’re searching for an older home with plenty of history, I might not initially stand out. After all, I was built in 1957, which is quite young in a dense field of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. But when you step back and take a real look at me, my clean lines and welcoming corners will blow you away. I’m an example of the best of Southern California’s Midcentury Modern architecture, and I happen to be one of the largest homes my architect, Richard Neutra, built in North America. Now I’m looking for someone new to fill my over 5,000 square feet of space.