Open House Obsession: A Modernist Masterpiece In Los Feliz, $3.8MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Exquisitely elevated and balanced above its site, the Steel House by architect Neil A. Johnson AIA has come back on the market after a comprehensive, multi-year renovation overseen by the noted architectural conservator/house whisperer Mark Haddawy for the home’s current owner, James Valentine, the musician, songwriter and lead guitar for Maroon 5.
Built in 1960 and profoundly influenced by the contemporaneous Case Study houses, a long gated driveway leads to a carport and parking at the rear, allowing the main living spaces to cantilever over the street front, open to the views of a distant downtown. Instead of the period’s expected wood post-and-beam construction, Johnson deployed welded steel to create a visually delicate and seemingly effortless structure.
What We Love: Inside and out, gleaming expanses of restored terrazzo flooring, plus the way the restoration looks back to the time when Johnson created it while remaining completely fresh.
Haddawy has not only respected the original, but restored the structure’s inherent serenity.
Above and below, the master suite and bath.
More: Go to the property’s dedicated site for additional details, images and a video of this spectacular example of LA Modernism. Represented by Juan Longfellow and Louise Leach, partners at the architectural specialist firm Deasy Penner Podley Real Estate and co-listed with Alex Barad at Nourmand + Associates.
Open House on Sunday, September 29 from 2:00pm-5:00pm
Photo Credit: Simon Berlyn/Berlyn Photography