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Question re: the Storer House

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:31 pm
by EJ
Does Joel Silver still own it? I've read a few things to suggest he doesn't, but nothing came out and said it...thanks...

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:27 am
by pharding
No Joel Silver no longer owns it. Several years ago at the FLWBC annual conference in LA it was a tour site. At that time it was owned by a former executive of Microsoft and his wife.

It is a great architectural work that had a beautiful restoration in the recent past.

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:09 pm
by Roderick Grant
Joel sold Storrer after he married. Although the house has four bedrooms (plus a maid's room), it is not a realistic family house. He bought several acres in Brentwood (or Westwood ... one of the woods) where he built a new house deigned by Legoretta. The new owner of Storrer, who's on the Conservancy Board, is hosting the upcoming fund raising dinner, which I shall be attending. I expect to see the house (which was in wretched condition when Joel bought it in the early 80s) in the same pristine condition it was in when Joel owned it. If only such a fate were replicated at Freeman, Barnsdall, Ennis and Oboler.

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 7:16 pm
by SDR
Storer is without a doubt my favorite of the LA houses -- including Hollyhock.

The twin communal rooms, symmetrical about their long axis (made asymmetrical by the off-center chimney mass) and with full-height windows on opposite exposures, fronted with low "guard rails" on the high-ceilinged upper floor. Wood floors and beamed ceilings contrasting with the otherwise ubiquitous concrete block. Secondary rooms at the half level. Just a delightful and rich hillside domain. The precedent for this is an unbuilt plan for Lowes, at Eagle Rock (a commission that went to Schindler).

SDR

Image C P Lowes project, 1922

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:19 pm
by SDR
Image J Storer, 1922-24

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Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:00 pm
by SDR
Image Living room (upper level)

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I think Mr Wright would have liked this photo, for the foliage, at least. Photo by Tom Ploch.

SDR

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:12 am
by jwest
Ahh, my favorite of the textile block houses. Thanks for posting/sharing this useful information!

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:37 am
by Jeff Myers
What is the awning in the photo of tthe Storer residence. It is a very nice home.

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:49 pm
by SDR
The fabric awning in the early photo is the original. Eric Lloyd Wright recreated a different early design as part of the 'nineties restoration, for Joel Silver.
The awning shades the second-floor terrace, off the living room.

The photo above of the living room looks in the opposite direction; more awning(s) can be seen beyond the glass, over the bedrooms. Whether these
are also based on original ones, I cannot say.

SDR

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:38 pm
by SDR
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from "FLLW The Masterworks" (Rizzoli; 1993)


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from "FLLW Architect: (MoMA; 1994) FLLW FDN#2304.003.


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from "FLLW The Masterworks"


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from "Wright in Hollywood (Robert L Sweeney; 1994)

A leaded glass design at a vastly different scale has somehow been added to the sheet, at the top.


SDR