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932 Amoroso Place Los Angeles, CA 90291 United States
1 2-4-6-8 House
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The 2-4-6-8 House is located in Venice. The studio, designed by Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi of Morphosis Architects in 1978, is a simple cube, clad in gray asphalt shingles, with a hipped roof. The studio has one window on each of its four sides, and the windows are in the dimensions, 2'x2', 4'x4', 6'x6', and 8'x8', thus the name of the project. It was one of Morphosis' earlier projects. The window frames are bright yellow, with blue lintels, and a red scupper creates a joyous color combination against the gray asphalt shingle.
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33.995288 -118.456671
434 South Westmoreland drive Los Angeles, CA 90020 United States
2 434 Apartments
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This 20 unit complex was inspired by the housing developments of the 1920s and 1930s in the nearby Echo Park neighborhood, which consists of individual units, almost cabins, separated by open main and branch corridors built into a hillside. 
The façade is designed to conceal the building’s multi-unit function, with the curved steel wall that both shields and gestures to the entrance. A small-scale window reduces the building’s impact as it rises above the curving façade, while open corridors project past in the face of the building to the street.
While the design of the complex resists the influence of typical apartment housing, it is sympathetic to the surrounding context of single-family homes. The large south wall is sheathed with the same asphalt shingles that cover many nearly houses.
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34.065761 -118.288057
2614 W. 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90057 United States
3 7 & Coronado
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New construction project of 68 affordable family apartments in downtown Los Angeles, Platinum LEED certification, completed 2012.


All apartments have two orientations; one being off-site into the public realm, and the other to a secure, visible, centralized grand courtyard where families will be able to gather and children will be able to play in safety. In addition to landscaped areas the courtyard includes BBQ areas and a large lot area with recreational equipment for children. Both the grade level and third floor laundry/day room facilities open directly to this central court. At the second level there is an observation garden area with a ceremonial stairs, and at the fourth level arts & crafts room. All apartments are organized with the kitchen/dining areas area facing this primary courtyard. 


Other support facilities located at grade level, such as the general lobby, elevator, general stairs, mail room, a recycling room, computer/classroom, library, case management office, community kitchen, bicycle storage, etc open to the central court as well. In addition to those areas the design incorporates a smaller “peace plaza” to interface with the adjacent seniors residential. This is part of the strategy to allow for the possibility of comfortable multi-generational exchange and connection between the two projects.


The building is designed to maximize light and ventilation for all of the units while at the same time giving protection from direct sun. The five story portions of the complex are located to the North and West to allow for morning light to penetrate the courtyard as much as possible. The apartment configuration, in general, places the smaller two and three bedroom units on the upper levels. All four bedroom units are aligned along the more residential street at grade level, this “row house” configuration allow them to be individually accessed from the street through small, private front porches as well as from the large central community courtyard. The more commercial 7th Street side houses offices, community rooms and support functions, reinforcing the pedestrian nature of the street. All of the apartments are designed with private patios, some which face the community courtyard and some face the public way. In general, bedrooms face outward towards the street in the classic “defensible space” position.
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34.059468 -118.282349
717 Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90067 United States
4 717 Olympic
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The 717 Olympic tower anchors LA Live, the bustling sports and entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles. Challenged by the project’s compact site, RTKL developed an exterior scheme that sensitively addresses mass, rhythm and organizational structure, with deep setbacks and shadow lines that articulate a sense of layering and texture and create architectural balance with the cityscape.


This 26-story, mixed-use, luxury residential building fills the niche for upscale housing in the city center and includes 700-SM of ground floor retail and commercial space. Each residential level features nine units with varying floor plans, including two-story penthouses. Each level also boasts raised, private balconies that provide views of the entertainment district and surrounding downtown area. Carved out areas on the 8th and 26th floors provide space for tenant amenities including a fitness area, gourmet kitchen, outdoor grilling area and theater.
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34.045441 -118.263359
3217 Fernwood Avenue Los Angeles, 90039 United States
5 Adams House
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The Adams House was designed by architect William Kesling in 1936, in the steep hills of Silverlake. It is a perfect example of Streamline Moderne.
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34.098213 -118.271127
10940 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345-1422
6 Andres Pico Adobe
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The Andres Pico Adobe is one of the oldest residences in the City of Los Angeles. It represents a bygone era and the rich historical past of the San Fernando Valley. Inside are museum displays of native American beads, Mission and Spanish-Mexican era artifacts, costumes and clothing that span more than a century, and furniture from the Victorian era, when the Adobe was home to members of the Pico family.
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34.268064 -118.46696
415 Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Palisades, CA 90402 United States
7 Annenberg Beach House
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In 1929, William Randolph Hearst, one of the richest and most powerful men in America, commissioned Julia Morgan (the architect of the Hearst Castle) to fashion an estate on 4.91-acres of beachfront property for his mistress, actress Marion Davies.


Morgan created a three-story, 34-bedroom Georgian mansion on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. It was accompanied by three guest houses, two swimming pools, tennis courts and dog kennels.
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33.934441 -118.34846
8432 Ashcroft Avenue West Hollywood, CA 90048 United States
8 Ashcroft Writer's Studio
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A writer’s retreat, secluded from and central to all of Los Angeles, stands in front of the Pacific Design Center in the form of a 2500 square foot live-work space. The massing and form of the new building make reference to the Pelli monoliths. The double height volume and loft taper in plan to create a forced perspective out toward the adjacent gardens. North light filters in through the clerestory window above and washes the cascading planes of the interior ceiling-scape. The folded roof descends toward and opens up at the street. A connection is made between the building and the passerby of West Hollywood. 

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34.079909 -118.381462
3056 Landa Street Los Angeles, CA 90039 United States
9 Austrian-Spencer House
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Built in 1937, The Austrian Spencer House is one of the last remaining homes built by the legendary mid-century architect, Raphael Soriano.
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34.09537 -118.268101
2839 Avenel Street Los Angeles, CA 90039 United States
10 Avenel Homes
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The Avenel homes cooperative (1946-48) by Gregory Ain was built for World War II veterans. The 10-unit row house complex sets each unit at an angle to the street in a sawtooth pattern. The architect designed flexible interiors with sliding walls and open kitchens.
 Barbara Thornburg, LA Times
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34.110277 -118.268917
10 Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA
11 Avila Adobe
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Built by Don Francisco Avila in 1818, the Avila Adobe is regarded as the oldest existing house in Los Angeles. Today, it is a museum preserved to look as it did in the 1840s. Many of the walls are originals, nearly two centuries old.
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34.057095 -118.238324
8047 Woodrow Wilson Dr. Hollywood, CA 90046 United States
12 Belson Residence
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The existing house, on a woodsy Hollywood hilltop, was in a casual eclectic Ranch style, added on to incrementally over time. The charge to the architect was to continue this tradition, to modify, remold, and add pieces to the house and garden over the years.
The house represents a quintessential Los Angeles design problem: how to instill in a formless, chaotic setting a powerful new order which is is still energetic, loose, and free. Hadrian's Villa is the paradigm for such an approach: that of ordering a ""found chaos.


Lehrer Architects
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34.123511 -118.373008
4791 Cromwell Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
13 Blackburn Residence
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Spanish Colonial Revival built in 1927 in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Williams was a USC alum, and the first African-American member of the AIA. He was known as the "architect to the stars." The residence is a LA Historic-Cultural Monument.
Lindsey Miller
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34.112906 -118.294237
4111 Tyler Avenue El Monte, CA 91731 United States
14 Blessed Rock of El Monte
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Project Requirements:
Design affordable housing for elderly residents of modest means on 3.5 acres of land in the City of El Monte, California. Provide 137 one bedroom apartments, one onsite manager's unit, and assorted common spaces. Opportunities for both passive and active recreation must be included for the residents. Respond to both the traditional Hispanic culture and recently arrived Asian immigrant cultures existing in the community.


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The design centers around the idea that senior citizens feel more comfortable in environments which provide security without making them isolated from the community at large. They require space for programs that challenge the physical and emotional passivity that may accompany seniority. A village of two and three story tile roofed cottages is organized around a central ""mall,"" which incorporates a number of activities such as shuffle board, bocci ball, and tai chi. Penetrating the "mall" is an exercise trail connecting the different landscapes dispersed throughout the site. The complex includes two community centers located at opposite ends of the ""mall."" The formal "kiss and ride" entrance includes a veranda overlooking the street intersection.


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34.082237 -118.032753
2036 Griffith Park Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039 United States
15 Bubeshko Apartments
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The Bubeshko Apartments were designed by Schindler between 1938 and 1941 for Anastasia Bubeshko and her daughter Luby on a sloped site in Silverlake. The terraced building is one of the several multi-family housing projects that Schindler designed in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles. Although the building can be split into as many as 8 units (there are multiple configuration possibilities), the building is currently divided into 5 units. The stucco-clad, wood-framed building has expansive glass, cantilevers, a flat roof, and built-in furniture. The layout of the units allows for a great sense of privacy, and there is extensive use of color on the interior. However, the ornamental block detail above the garages were not designed by Schindler, but by sculptor Gordon Newell, who was married to Luby's sister. Luby Bubeshko lived in the building for 66 years.
The project was rehabilitated by architect Eric Haas of DSH Architecture in 2008. The rehabilitation received great acclaim for its sensitive and thorough approach to Schindler's original intent. Haas researched the building at the Schindler archives at UC-Santa Barbara, and experimented with the various materials and techniques originally employed by Schindler. 
Lindsey Miller

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34.098692 -118.272886
773 Latimer Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
16 Canyon Residence
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This design is driven by the owner’s passion for making. A significant sculpture studio, workshop and working vegetable garden, ground the design of this villa. Situated in a shady canyon, one mile from the beach, the project site and the client’s desire to preserve key aspects of the wooded landscape have had a considerable influence on the building design.
Working with several natural site constraints, the building is fundamentally organized around two planes: the horizontal plinth of the garden patio that extends the private garden into the ground floor living spaces; and the vertical datum spine that connects and organizes the various parts of the building program. 
http://www.lehrerarchitects.com
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34.044303 -118.51244
2020 N. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
17 Carlson-Reges House
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A new structure practically independent of the old building was inserted into the building shell. Layers of the new house float off this framework: rooms, stairwells, decks and catwalks move in, out, around and through the old structure. This organizational layering lets you experience the building and the views from lots of different levels and vantage points. Great planes of steel were treated like folded paper; every surface tucks behind another, each an opportunity to let in light and edit views. 
Sunset Magazine
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34.066276 -118.217697
7634 Midfield Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
18 Centinela Adobe
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The Centinela Valley's oldest residence, was built by Ygnacio Machado in 1834. Since then, farmers, ranchers, a Scotsman, and Inglewood's founding father, Daniel Freeman, have lived in the structure.[1] It is the oldest building in the area and has been called the "Birthplace of Inglewood", although it now lies within the boundaries of the Westchester district of Los Angeles.
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33.967636 -118.372951
7776 Torreyson Drive Los Angeles, 90046 United States
19 Chemosphere
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With it’s an octagonal design that’s part Jetsons, part Bond, John Lautner’s Chemosphere House is considered a masterpiece of California Modernism. Perched on concrete poles, the home is reached via an inclined cable railway. The landmark Chemosphere home in the Hollywood Hills and its owner, publisher Benedikt Taschen, were profiled in a 2005 Home cover story. “What was great about Lautner is that he had this dualism about nature and the city,” Taschen said at the time, noting that one side of the house was “pure nature,” with skunks, bobcats, coyotes and deer, while the other side was “pure city,” the vast San Fernando Valley.
Dailyicon.net
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34.127952 -118.368824
1570 La Baig Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
20 Courtyard Apartments
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Ellwood's 1953 Courtyard Apartments are located in Hollywood and were commissioned by television host Roy Maypole. The original layout consisted of four interlocking apartments, each facing a small courtyard. Two of the units have since been combined. The 3,200 square foot project is laid out on two levels, and shows Ellwood's signature exposed steel structure, efficient layout, and seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors. Per historian Esther McCoy, "The construction of the Courtyard Apartments in 1953 was a turning point....it was proof that [Ellwood] could simplify and at the same time enrich, that he could wring more out of a small budget and come closer to architecture."
Lindsey Miller

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34.100185 -118.320243
850 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA
21 Eames Office
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Original building where Charles and Ray Eames designed. It is now a retail store and offices to the preservation of Eames philosophy.
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34.012693 -118.482183
4237 Newdale Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
22 Elliot House
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Schindler designed the main Elliot House in 1930 for R.F. Elliot, as well as an addition in 1939. The house is located in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles.
The firm Marmol Radziner rehabilitated the house in 2000.
Lindsey Miller
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34.106581 -118.282156
2607 Glendower Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
23 Ennis House
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The largest and loudest of Wright’s four concrete-block houses in L.A., the Ennis House suggests what the greatest of Modernists would have done with a commission from the Maya Empire 700 years earlier. A heavy, elongated mass constructed of 16-by-16-inch concrete blocks (most textured with an ornate pattern) and sited majestically on a hilltop overlooking Griffith Park, the building appears to be more than a house — an elegant fortification, perhaps, or a temple.
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34.11669 -118.292971
5670 West Holly Oak Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068 United States
24 Ernst House
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Using large areas of glass in this house, Ain emphasizes the relationship between indoors and out. Some details of the house indicate his admiration for Schindler's designs of the late 1920s and early 1930s.
David Gebhard and Robert Winter, An Architectural Guidebook to Los Ángeles
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34.111751 -118.31254
3027 Castle Street Los Angeles, CA 90039 United States
25 Eugene Kinn Choy House
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This is the private residence of Chinese-American architect, Eugene Kinn Choy. Set in a narrow hillside lot, it was praised as a model of modernism and was photographed by renowned architectural photographer, Julius Shulman. The house features floor-to-ceiling windows, redwood siding, and a simple, elegant composition. Choy was the second Chinese-American to become a member of the AIA, after I.M. Pei.
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/01/entertainment/la-et-chinese-american-architects-20120201
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34.094481 -118.268037
1810 Lucille Street Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
26 Falk Apartments
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The Falk Apartments are a striking example of Schindler's ability to create four interlocking living units on a difficult site, without compromising any of the principles developed in his single-family houses.
Noever, Peter. Schindler by MAK. Munich: Prestel, 2005.
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34.095085 -118.27574
4 Westmoreland Place Pasadena, CA 91103 United States
27 Gamble House
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The Gamble House was designed in 1908 by architects Greene & Greene. It was commissioned by David and Mary Gamble, of Cincinnati, Ohio, as a retirement residence.
David and Mary lived in the house until their deaths in 1923 and 1929, respectively. Julia lived in the house until her death in 1943. Cecil Huggins Gamble and his wife Louise Gibbs Gamble lived in the house beginning in 1946 and briefly considered selling it. They soon changed their minds, however, when prospective buyers spoke of painting the interior teak and mahogany woodwork white! The Gambles realized the artistic importance of the house and it remained in the Gamble family until 1966, when it was deeded to the city of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California School of Architecture.
All images by Alexander Vertikoff http://www.vertikoff.com/ 
http://www.gamblehouse.org/history/index.html
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34.152177 -118.160748
7436 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90046 United States
28 Garcia House
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This eye-shaped house on stilts was built in 1962 for jazz-arranger Russ Garcia. Also known as the Rainbow house for the colorful stained glass panels in its vast facade, it’s divided in the middle by an open staircase, separating the public area designed for entertaining and slurping martini’s and the private element where the bedrooms are located, all contained beneath a vast curved roof. The house became the headquarters for a gang of suave international drug smugglers in Lethal Weapon 2, a snazzy choice of location that they probably regretted when Mel Gibson unceremoniously brought the whole operation to an end by tearing away one of the two V-shaped steel supports in his pickup truck.
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34.12289 -118.358996
201 Bentley Circle Los Angeles, CA 90049 United States
29 Hammerman House
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Recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Harry Hammerman House at 219 Graybridge Road in Ladue was designed and built in 1952.  The only known work by its occupant and namesake, Harry Hammerman (1909-2001), the modest one-story dwelling is located in a unique fifteen-acre subdivision laid out in 1939 by architect Isadore Shank and his colleague Jim Auer as an enclave of mostly Jewish practitioners of architecture and the visual arts.  (Shank's son Peter recently described the subdivision as "very much like a commune.")  Mid-century luminaries Meyer Loomstein and Gustel Kiewitt each designed a house on Graybridge, while Shank designed five houses including one for his own family.  It was non-architect Hammerman, however, who provided the most thoroughly contemporary house on the street.
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34.076568 -118.457808
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
30 Hollyhock House
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Originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a residence for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, built in 1919�1921. It was Wright's second project in California, the building is now the centerpiece of the city's Barnsdall Art Park.
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34.101782 -118.295087
10385 Shadow Oak Drive, Chatsworth, CA 91311-2063
31 Homestead Acre
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The Homestead Acre remains virtually the same as it was in 1911 when the present cottage was built. Saved and restored by the Chatsworth Historical Society as a small part of the San Fernando Valley's past, it is now a much sought-after location for weddings and private parties. Bridal parties may use the bedrooms for dressing or small weddings and receptions may be held in the house. Available also for private parties, The Homestead Acre is a fine example of a circa 1910 American home and is also rented as a movie location.
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34.259797 -118.614897
200 East Ave 43, Los Angeles, CA
32 Lummis House - El Alisal
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Charles Fletcher Lummis between 1896 and 1910 on the west bank of the Arroyo Seco in northeast Los Angeles. The house is built using stones from the arroyo bed, concrete, and wood. The design of the home is influenced by mission architecture and the dwellings of the Pueblo Indians. Though not directly influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement, the house shares many of its design principles; it is furnished with hand-crafted wooden furniture, and features exposed wooden cross-beams and concrete floors.
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34.631102 -118.128057
2300 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
33 Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
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Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, the home of architect Richard Neutra, is located. It is also known as the Neutra Research House, the Van der Leeuw House or the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House II. Originally built in 1932, the 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) house was built for Neutra and his family and called the VDL Research House because it was built with a loan from Neutra's early patron, Case H. Van der Leeuw, a wealthy Dutch industrialist and architecture aficionado. The house is currently owned by Cal Poly Pomona and is maintained by its College of Environmental Design.
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34.098423 -118.260665
835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA
34 Schindler House
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Rudolph M. Schindler's Studio-Residence was the first modern house to respond to the unique climate of California, and as such it served as the prototype for a distinctly Californian style of design. From 1922 until his death in 1953, the building functioned as Schindler's home and studio. During this 30-year period, Schindler designed houses and small commercial buildings that today are considered landmarks of the modern movement.
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34.086022 -118.371777
401 East M Street Wilmington, CA 90744
35 The Banning Museum
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The Banning Residence was built in 1864. This home's construction symbolized Phineas Banning's confidence in the future of his community. The 23-room residence remains the finest example of domestic Greek Revival architecture in Southern California. The house interiors have been carefully restored to their Victorian beauty, and 18 rooms are open to the public.
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33.789096 -118.258491
1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, CA
36 Virginia Robinson Gardens
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Built in 1911, it was once the residence of retail giants Virginia and Harry Robinson (of the Robinson department stores) and now occupies an illustrious place in history as the first luxury estate built in Beverly Hills.
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34.085384 -118.416408
1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades, Ca
37 Will Rogers State Historic Park
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In what is now the town of Pacific Palisades, Rogers built his ranch, where he lived with his wife Betty and their three children, Will Jr., Mary and James. The 31-room ranch house, which includes 11 baths and seven fireplaces, is surrounded by a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, golf course, polo field - and riding and hiking trails that give visitors spectacular views of the ranch and the surrounding countryside - 186 acres (757,000 m�). The ranch became a State Park in 1944 after the death of Mrs. Rogers, and the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
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34.053331 -118.514053