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June 5, 2015
The West Coast homes designed by Richard Neutra give midcentury modern enthusiasts plenty to dream about.
Neutra renovation Los Angeles

The original structure of Neutra's 1949 Freedman House in Pacific Palisades, California, opens completely to the pool deck. The addition of a second level proved one of the biggest challenges to the already-altered home. “Being aware of the responsibility that comes with changing an iconic house by one of the great masters, we nonetheless felt comfortable with the task,” says Los Angeles–based architect Peter Grueneisen. "We did not want to simply copy the existing elements, so we explored and investigated different levels of faithfulness to the existing structure, from a very near emulation to a much more contemporary approach that would only quote the previous architecture in some key aspects."

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Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai/Nonzero Architecture
Originally appeared in A Neutra Renovation in Los Angeles
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The living room of Dion Neutra’s house on Neutra Place in Silver Lake, which exemplifies the Neutras' early “nature-near” philosophy.<br /><br />Photo by Thomas Kamei, courtesy Dion Neutra.

The living room of Dion Neutra’s house on Neutra Place in Silver Lake exemplifies Neutra's early “nature-near” philosophy. 

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Thomas Kamei
Originally appeared in 85 Years of Neutra Architecture
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Built in 1955, Richard Neutra's Staller House in Bel Air underwent a meticulous restoration by Irish architect Lorcan O'Herlihy in 2001, after preservation-minded film producer Gary Levinsohn purchased it at auction. The 6,000-square-foot post-and-beam style home sits on a one-acre lot, and includes four bedrooms, seven baths, a wine-tasting room, and a guest house.

Originally appeared in Neutra For Sale
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Another stop on the tour was Neutra’s Ohara house, built 1959–1961 and now owned and faithfully kept up by designer David Netto.

Neutra’s O'hara house, built between 1959 and 1961, is an early example of green architectural design. Owned and faithfully kept up by designer David Netto, the house was also featured in the 2006 film The Holiday.

Originally appeared in 85 Years of Neutra Architecture
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Here you get a pretty clear idea of how much light Overway gets in his living room. Raise the blinds and thank heavens you're a couple floors up, because the views of the northern slopes of Pacific Heights are splendid. Photo by Mark Darley.

Situated in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco, the Schiff house was completed by Richard Neutra in 1938 for a German Jewish couple who fled Berlin in the early 30s. The main living area in this Neutra-designed home was restored by architect Chad Overway, who purchased the property from Mrs. Schiff in 1993.

Originally appeared in Neutra's Overway-Schiff House
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Here's the Neutra VDL house, a great experimental house that's available for public viewing. For tours, <a href="http://www.neutra-vdl.org">see here</a>.

Named after its benefactor, Dutch philanthropist Dr. C. H. Van Der Leeuw, the 1938 VDL house sits on the eastern edge of Silver Lake Reservoir, and is a wonderful example of International Style architecture. Visitors to the area may be pleased to know that it's also available for public viewing

Originally appeared in An Architect's Guide to Silver Lake
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Neutra renovation Los Angeles

The original structure of Neutra's 1949 Freedman House in Pacific Palisades, California, opens completely to the pool deck. The addition of a second level proved one of the biggest challenges to the already-altered home. “Being aware of the responsibility that comes with changing an iconic house by one of the great masters, we nonetheless felt comfortable with the task,” says Los Angeles–based architect Peter Grueneisen. "We did not want to simply copy the existing elements, so we explored and investigated different levels of faithfulness to the existing structure, from a very near emulation to a much more contemporary approach that would only quote the previous architecture in some key aspects."

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