In Laurel Canyon, Atomic Age modern with wild history lists for $4.5M

By Pauline O’Connor

You can find a property with an interesting history on the market in Los Angeles pretty much any day of the week, but very few are as fascinating as that of Laurel Canyon’s Wohlstetter House.

The International Modern-style home was designed by architect Josef Van der Kar in 1953. The son of Dutch immigrants, Van der Kar was a card-carrying Communist whose political activism made him a target of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The architect’s closest friends included fellow “radical” architect Gregory Ain and union organizer Henry Shire.

But surprisingly, Van der Kar’s inner circle also included neoconservative heroes Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter, a husband-wife team of foreign policy and nuclear arms strategists. A national security advisor to every president from Eisenhower to Reagan, Albert Wohlstetter was one of the inspirations for Stanley Kubrick’s nutty warmonger Dr. Strangelove.

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A Laurel Canyon Cottage Home With A Hollywood Past

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By Leslie Anne Wiggins 

The bohemian-chic 1930s cottage of the late Oscar-nominated costume designer Theadora Van Runkle is for sale. Nestled in Los Angeles’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood, the home has historic charm and fantastic natural light.

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A Life Well-Lived: Theadora Van Runkle’s Enchanted Laurel Canyon Sanctuary

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By Philip Ferrato

Theadora Van Runkle, the late costume designer and creator some of film’s most evocative looks, looked on her exquisite, whitewashed Laurel Canyon compound as an evolving work of art. She lived here from the late 1960s until her death in 2011, and over the decades created this eclectic sanctuary long before anyone came up with the term “shabby chic.”

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A 1930’s Cottage That Was a Costume Designer’s Muse

blog_press_08_03_15 By Taylor Murphy

Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather II, and Myra Breckinridge — all three of these films share a stylish common denominator: Theadora Van Runkle, the costume designer who brought the wardrobes of each picture to life.

And tucked away in Laurel Canyon, California is her own real-life translation of her craft. Hidden at the end of a long driveway is a 1930’s cottage, sitting atop nearly half an acre. This home belonged to Van Runkle, and served as her private haven, studio and source of inspiration.

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