Monday, January 3, 2011

Aaron G. Green's Reif Residence, West Hollywood, 1951

One thing I've learned is that a beautiful modern house is not necessarily a big modern house. Take this intriguing example -- it was only 1,600 square feet. Notice that the floorplan recalls the Goldwater house (see previous post) -- with hexagonal and triangular spaces, albeit one third the scale. It also features one of my very favorite concepts -- an interior courtyard. These pictures are from The House Beautiful Treasury of Contemporary American Homes, 1958 edition. The house was near the famous Schindler house on King's Road, unfortunately destroyed by fire. I myself once lived on King's Road. It's long since been taken over by high density buildings. Given the modest size of the structure, perhaps someone might try building it again. Depending on codes, all one needs is a fairly standard 50' x 150' lot. If I could live through another construction, I'd consider it, though I'm sure it would require many structural changes to suit current California building codes. Mr. Green, an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright, died in 2000, but his company continues. Additional information and pictures are on the company's website.

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