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A Phoenix Rises: The Lukens House by Raphael Soriano

A Phoenix Rises: The Lukens House by Raphael Soriano

Designed in 1940 by Raphael Soriano for ceramicist and co-founder of Arts and Architecture Magazine, Glen Lukens, this is a fine example of minimalist architecture wrought in the International Style.

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Austrian Spencer House by Raphael Soriano in Silver Lake

Austrian Spencer House by Raphael Soriano in Silver Lake

My architectural pick for this week is the Austrian Spencer House in Silver Lake by Raphael Soriano, one of the trailblazers of the Mid-Century modern movement that took root and blossomed here in Los Angeles. Built in 1937, this 2 BR / 2 BA gem is one of Soriano’s early works. In fact, Soriano’s very first commission, The Lipetz House, which is a just short walk away, was built only one year earlier.

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The Polito House by Raphael Soriano

The Polito House by Raphael Soriano

Long before there was Gangnam Style, there was International Style. And a few days ago another fine specimen from one of L.A.’s International Style architect posse hit the market. The Antonio Polito House by Raphael is a restored three-level Bauhaus cube, located on a street-to-street lot in the hills above the Sunset Strip.

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