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Mar 17, 2016

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An article in The Guardian about sales of 20th Century residences in the US by revered Modernist architects, excerpt below

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On 21 February, the George Sturges house in Brentwood, California, was put on the block at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), reports The Guardian. It is the only example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian style in a city that boasts four of his earlier, textile block-style houses. Built in 1939, around the time of Fallingwater, it was owned in the 1950s by the late Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on TV’s Adventures of Superman. Bidding began at roughly $2.5m but the house did not find a buyer.

VDL Studio and Residences, home of architect Richard Neutra – view from VDL II toward the 1939 “Garden Wing”:
Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Studio - Modern American Houses

“It’s about finding the right owner. It’s very difficult when somebody loves a house but wants it to be a different house than it is,” says Los Angeles Conservancy CEO Linda Dishman about the dangers of selling modest-sized iconic homes to affluent buyers who cherish opulence. “Most of the Case Study houses tend to be middle-class size. That certainly is an issue.”

Dishman spoke about preservation at the recent Iconic Houses 2016 Conference at the Getty Center, where curators of landmarks from around the world came to hear lectures with titles such as Taking Cues from the Schindlers, and Bauhaus on the Beach: Saving a Modern Legacy on Cape Cod.

In all, the group toured about 15 homes, including a Palm Springs excursion to A Quincy Jones’s Sunnylands. Homes in the Los Angeles area included buildings by pioneers such as brothers Charles and Sumner Greene, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra, whose son Raymond tagged along.

Website: Modern American Houses Sales – The Guardian article

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Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Studio/residences
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VDL Studio and Residences, home of architect Richard Neutra

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