December 2018 Newsletter

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A Look at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Photography by Justin Juarez

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the centerpiece of a series of museums in the Wilshire area called Museum Row. LACMA is the largest west coast art museum in the United States and has cemented Los Angeles as an artistic capital of the world. Opened in 1965, the original design of LACMA was by William Pereira, known for his outlandish and unusual forms in his designs. LACMA itself is in the middle of a dynamic overhaul, most notably with the addition of The Broad and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavillion, both designed by the innovative Renzo Piano Building Workshop as part of a decade long transformation project. Four of the original buildings on their sprawling campus, the Ahmanson, Art of Americas, Hammer, and Leo S. Bing Center will be constructed into one seamless organic building by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor with the intent of being “Transparent, Accessible, and Integrated.” While now established landmark works such as Chris Burden’s Urban Light and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass will be on display for years to come, the work of William Pereira will only be here until the end of 2018 from where Zumthor’s vision of LACMA will be unveiled in 2023.

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Here’s what $690K buys around LA

By Jenna Chandler & Elijah Chiland

If life is slower in the Valley, it’s bustling Downtown. Here’s a 930-square foot condo with exposed brick walls, 10-foot ceilings, and picture windows in the landmarked Rowan Lofts on Spring Street. The studio comes with in-unit laundry, one bath, and a walk-in closet. It’s listed for $685,000, with monthly HOA dues of $495 and is Mills Act eligible.

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A Thoughtfully Updated Hillside Home in L.A. Lists For $5.12M

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo

Built by midcentury architect Albert P. Martin, this historic home comes with killer views of the Silver Lake Reservoir, not to mention an incredible 17,262-square-foot lot.

Known as The Martin Residence, acclaimed architect Albert P. Martin originally designed this three-bedroom, three-bath home for his own family in 1952. The 3,515-square-foot home is remarkable for its refined midcentury style mixed with state-of-the-art updates, thanks to an extensive renovation completed by Los Angeles firm The Archers in 2017.

The architects preserved the home’s historic floor plan, along with various other original elements, such as the concrete fireplace and painted tiles designed by the Martin.

While particular attention was paid to the architectural material palette of the residence, the team thoughtfully integrated 21st-century additions, including a new entertainment room, as well as a separate, multi-purpose living space. An expansive guest property, studio, and sauna were also added to the site.

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Kristen Wiig’s $5.1 Million Silverlake Home Is a Midcentury Modern Dream

By Christie Calucchia

Kristen Wiig’s Silverlake, California home is an architecture enthusiast’s dream. Designed by Albert P. Martin in the 1950s, the home—more accurately described as a tree house—sits perched atop the hills and among lush greenery on a sloped piece of land. Despite its stunningly modern architectural details and sweeping views, Wiig recently listed the estate for $5.125 million, Variety reports.

The interiors simply ooze midcentury modern elements, from the light wood-panel ceilings and floors to its sharp lines and furniture of the era. After undergoing extensive restorations, not only does the California-cool property boast its original three-bedroom, three-bath layout, but now also features an additional deck, pool, and guest house spanning roughly 1000 square feet. The renovated addition includes its own bedroom, bathroom, and living room that leads directly outside.

To read the full article visit their website here.

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