Thanks NY Times! Here’s Even More Significant Houses Open to the Public in L.A.


This past weekend, the NY Times did a nice little roundup of significant architecture that’s open to the public in Los Angeles. All the usual suspects were in there, including Greene & Greene’s Gamble House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Neutra’s VDL II house, Schindler’s studio in West Hollywood and the Eames’ Case Study House No. 8. Not a bad list, but hardly surprising.

Yet in the past couple of years, so many more houses have now opened (with some limitations) to the public. While the MAK Center is the steward for the Schindler House, it also occasionally opens up the Mackey Apartments in Mid-City and the Fitzpatrick House in Laurel Canyon was recently donated to the center. As a result, the MAK will allow tours via appointment and also opens both houses for viewings on the first Friday of every month.

Case Study 22 at night

Previously open only to arranged group tours, the crown jewel of mid-century modernism, Pierre Koenig’s Stahl House (also known as Case Study 22) is now open to the public by appointment. The Stahl House is still in the same family’s hands, with tours often provided by owner Lesley’s son Mark. The schedule of viewings is available online and costs $25 for the afternoon viewings and $40for the evening tours. Spring for the evening tour. Trust us.

Doheny Mansion via flickr user Floyd B. Bariscale

If MCM doesn’t float your boat, never fear. There are also a few more traditional homes available for tours. In Beverly Hills, the Doheny Mansion is occasionally open for public tours, and can be reserved for private ones. Built in 1899 and home to the oil-rich Doheny family for almost 60 years, the mansion was designed by architects Theodore Eisen and Sumner Hunt. The house includes elements of Gothic, Moorish, and even California Mission styles.

Further west (waaaay west) is the Stiles O. Clements-designed Adamson House in Malibu. Built in 1929 originally as the Adamsons’ summer house, and later occupied full time, the Mediterranean Revival house was purchased by the state in 1968. The house is sometimes called the “Taj Mahal of Tile,” decorated extensively with ceramic tiles made by Malibu Potteries. 

Know of any other homes open to the public for viewing? Let us know in the comments.

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