Gerald Casale Puts His Hollywood Hills Richard Neutra Masterpiece On The MarketAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Richard Neutra — the Viennese architect who took the cool, polished details of European Modernism and adapted it to the California landscape — designed this sleek house in stucco, steel, and glass for journalist Joseph Kun in 1936. After a series of owners (Neutra went on to build another house for this client nearby, known as Kun House #2) Devo co-founder Gerald Casale, a longtime admirer of the house, bought it in 2007 and embarked on a seven-year restoration. This week, Casale put the 3-bed, 2-bath house on the market with an asking price of $3.5M.
With a team led by modernist preservation expert James Rega and designer/researcher Christopher Steele, the results of this no-surface-left-untouched restoration are both subtle and spectacular. The top floor entry leads down to the main living area and out to a deck.
One level down are the main living spaces, currently furnished with period Modern furnishings, where Rega and Steele adapted a banquette design from another Neutra house. All the window glass in the house was replaced and the frames throughout restored, but the sliding panel is a reproduction of the original.
A nightime shot of the dining room.
A view of the kitchen at night. This was Neutra’s first house to use only electric appliances, note the impeccable stainless steel counters and reproduction light switches.
Below, a detail of the master bath and another view of the exterior (Kun House #2 is in the upper right corner), plus the long deck on the bedroom level.
More: Fitting for a property of this caliber, the agent’s dedicated site is oustanding and includes additional images and information. Check out the interview with Casale and his partners on the Kun House restoration from the LA Times. Below, the almost completed house c.1937, unencumbered by shrubbery or neighbors.
Photo Credit: Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles