Classic 1955 Neutra Gets A New Life in West Covina, Now $1.8MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 621 Wrede Way, West Covina
What: Richard Neutra’s J.M. Roberts House, built on a large lot in 1955 in once-rural West Covina. Originally marketed as a subdividable teardown in 2014, the current owners rescued it, restoring it over the past two years under the guidance of noted Modernist contractor/conservator Eric Lamers. It’s exactly like you’d expect from Neutra– asymetrical but modular, deploying a few materials in a structure that’s so light, it’s almost invisible. For many, the ’50s California Dream.
The house is sited on a gentle slope with views towards the San Gabriel Mountains and a magnificent (for now) snow-covered Mt. Baldy.
Perhaps most important, this was a restoration, not a renovation, retaining or replacing much of the original details and materials, so the tawny cork floors in the living/dining room are new, but the bathrooms are almost entirely original.
What We Love: “Spider legs” extending out beyond the roof.
More: Check out the listing for more images and details.