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This house has been through very few ownerships, possibly only 3, suffering no indignities that I can see,
other than the replacement of the concrete railing on the cantilevered terrace with glass, which is no improvement.
The original client lived there until his death in the late 70s or early 80s. In the 90s, when a few of us FLW fans were taking an impromptu tour of LA architecture,
an elderly man owned the house. He said he was the second owner. Very nice gentleman, but wouldn't let us in.
The house was featured early on in HB. One of my favorite Lautner designs.
a 4-story stucco box, from which position you can view the downhill side of Wolff. Then proceed to Hedges Place, the next left, for a glimpse of the entrance faÃƒÂ§ade.
* This is a tricky intersection to navigate from La Cienega. It would be easier to reach Sunset by way of Crescent Heights, turn left, and you get a straight shot at Miller Drive 5 blocks west.
In the 80s, this house sold for just over $300K.
the adjoining steps seem not to have been drawn. Unfortunately, the section view was cut at a point beyond those (and other) stairs . . .
So, the entry sequence as built is, first, a short exterior flight from the carport, then indoors and down a longer flight. If the plan draw-
ings omit that first flight, then the design was changed at some point, perhaps to lower the whole construction relative to street level ?
A related element visible on the plan but not in photos (here) is what appears to be a group of concrete (?) planks, their ends lopped
at diagonals (reminiscent of other paving "bars" in Lautner houses, such as Schaffer)---perhaps an extension of the carport paving ?
Lautner's plans tend to be messy and hard to read. There was a plan in the HB article drawn by the wonderful Madeleine Thatcher, who had the job I always wanted.
Perhaps the second and third photos show the addition ?
The only word I can read is "January." So we know what month the article appeared. Other than HB, I have never seen an article on the house. The plan included looks like Thatcher's work, however, so it might be HB from the 60s (before construction of the guest wing in 1970).
What I wonder about is how Wolff and Lautner got away with that staircase!