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The Duckett Residence, 1964 – Vernon F. Duckett, A.I.A
Front of the Duckett Residence illuminated at dusk.

The Duckett Residence, 1964 – Vernon F. Duckett, A.I.A

For the second time this year, there is a home on the market that was the home of the architect himself. Previously, it was Pierre Koenig’s. The architect this time does not have that sort of name recognition. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of Vernon Duckett. But the beauty of this home is a testament to his skill.

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The Ohara Residence in Silver Lake by Richard Neutra, 1959
The Ohara Residence by Richard Neutra, 1959.

The Ohara Residence in Silver Lake by Richard Neutra, 1959

With the exception of tract developments by the likes of Charles Dubois, or Palmer and Krisel, it’s not a very common occurence that one gets the chance to survey a collection of works by a single architect concentrated into a very small area. In fact, it’s rare.

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Mid-Century Design and Country Club Views in Woodland Hills
Classic mid-century post and beam home in woodland hills.

Mid-Century Design and Country Club Views in Woodland Hills

Sited prominently and proudly upon a knoll overlooking the green of the 15th hole at Woodland Hills Country Club is this eye-catching mid-century post and beam home designed by Dale Bergerson in 1965.

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The Future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

The Future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

This gorgeous building, which was home to the Academy Awards from 1961-1968 and a celebrated venue for countless concerts and performances (including George Carlin’s famous show with the 7 dirty words), has been essentially closed since 2013.

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The Magic of Conceptualization

The Magic of Conceptualization

Step inside a home where ideas drenched in non-conformity are woven into the fabric of its design. If one took elements of MidCentury, Craftsman, Southwest Adobe and Contemporary design and threw them in a blender, you might end up with this.

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Soaring Over Encino: The San Fernando Valley Flyers Club

Soaring Over Encino: The San Fernando Valley Flyers Club

Tucked away in the middle of 2,000 acres of land that comprises the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area is one of the coolest public spaces that you probably didn’t know exists: The Apollo XI Airfield.

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The Pierre Koenig Residence (#2)

The Pierre Koenig Residence (#2)

There are many homes all over L.A. with serious architectural pedigree and it’s very satisfying when you happen to own one. What’s uncommon is having the opportunity to buy a house designed by a leading architect as his own home.

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Scandinavian Modern: Equal Parts Cool and Warm

Scandinavian Modern: Equal Parts Cool and Warm

This listing in Venice may not catch your eye with flourishes, but it will catch your gaze all the same. And hold it. Scandinavian design is all about clean lines and simplicity. And this is great design throughout.

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The Lechner House by RM Schindler: Perfection Revisited

The Lechner House by RM Schindler: Perfection Revisited

From the photos, you may think: “wow, what a great midcentury time-capsule!” But you’d be mistaken. This is a decade of restoration by a dedicated owner, who is also an accomplished designer.

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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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