Sunday, February 12, 2012

Unknown Moderns off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood Hills

I've not been able to discover the architect of this 1967 modern with the eye-catching roofline, which recalls Buff and Hensman's wonderful design done for Saul Bass' Altadena house. Perched on a cliff on Pyramid Place and overlooking the Valley, the pool actually sits at the front of the house, behind the fence. I toured this house when it was up for sale about six years ago. It had been sadly neglected and still had acres of 1970s deep pile shag. Even worse were the bathrooms, which had every available square inch recovered in awful 1980s mirror tiles. As the exterior is now as authentic as it was in 1967, I'm hoping the interior is now just as sensible.

Where Pyramid picks up again down the hill off Woodrow Wilson is this rather unusual mid-century nestled in a eucalyptus grove on a double lot. According to Zillow, the large (4,000 square foot) modern was designed by Carl Matsen in 1964.
It appears there is a very large covered patio in the back.

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