The Recovery of Architect Raphael Soriano's Lost West Adams Home Marks The Return Of His Legacy

Glen Lukens House, Los Angeles, California
Glen Lukens House, Los Angeles, California | modern vacation rentals
  • House
  • 3 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from $ 600 nt
A Beacon Of Modernism

Saved from severe neglect and demolition, this modern vacation rental in Los Angeles designed by influential modernist architect Raphael Soriano, has been designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, earning a Conservancy Preservation Award in 2013.

Initially designed in 1940 for noted ceramicist, USC professor, and co-founder of Arts and Architecture magazine, Glen Lukens, the home is an important example of Soriano’s early work in the International Style. 

The architect, who previously worked for Richard Neutra and R.M. Schindler, built relatively few homes in LA, with only a handful that still exist, including this rare modernist gem in LA’s Victorian era West Adams neighborhood.

The home even figures in then budding architect Frank Gehry’s rise to fame, when his friendship with Lukens prompted an inspiring meeting with Soriano during the home’s initial construction.

The owner who saved the home researched Soriano’s published works and toured two existing homes from the same period before enlisting architect Barry Milofsky of M2A Architects and restoration specialist Albert Luna to carefully restore it, drawing on Soriano’s original plans as well as historic photographs from notable architecture photographer Julius Shulman (who notably, then enlisted Soriano to design his own home).

The home’s structural composition of clean lines, ribbon-banded steel frame windows, and unique, built-in framework and period features place this firmly at the rise of mid-century ideals, with current design inspirations and personal style that carry it into the 21st century.

The meandering gardens occupy a lot that had once been part of the historic gardens of the turn of the century Lyndsay Mansion, with an original glass greenhouse built in 1908 that has been restored and re-purposed as a dining pavilion.

Saved from the wrecking ball, this home’s remarkable history still stands at the epicenter of some of the 20th century’s most influential design luminaries, and remains one of Soriano’s lasting architectural contributions to Los Angeles. 

Description

Set along a residential street in the historic West Adams neighborhood, this modern vacation home in Los Angeles is a testament to early 20th century architect Raphael Soriano’s visionary design at the very start of the mid-century architectural movement.

Carved out of an adjacent lot of a fading turn-of-the century mansion, the home was a revolutionary standout in the neighborhood.

The home’s single story, one level design and modest footprint was only slightly opened and expanded following restorations and includes flat, cantileverd rooflines and banks of windows on both sides with bright, airy interiors.       

The living area feeds into the dining area and kitchen, divided by the original fireplace, with all original built-ins.

There are three bedrooms and two baths, with access to the gardens and a magnificent turn-of the century greenhouse settled into the leafy private grounds. 

This is a rare piece of history for design lovers, with a fascinating past. 

ADITIONAL FEATURES 

Wifi throughout, cable TV, kitchen and bath essentials, laundry facilities, climate control, private parking.

 

AROUND 

The West Adams district of Los Angeles has a storied past in the history and development of LA, emerging as an important part of the city’s founding. First settled at the turn of the century, the neighborhood was concentrated around the downtown district before LA began its sprawling creep to become a patchwork of disparate neighborhoods. 

Many of its lovely Victorian era homes have come and gone while the neighborhood underwent multiple changes over the last one hundred years, but the area is a great central jumping off point for exploring the best of LA. 

Depending on traffic of course, you are within a half hour to all of the action on the Sunset strip, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the west side for the best dining, shopping and nightlife. 

Thirty minutes east is the resurrected and thriving downtown district, and a half hour west is the coastal area beaches of Santa Monica and Venice, with Malibu and the Santa Monica mountains for the best of outdoor fun and nature. 

LOCATION

West Adams, Los Angeles, California. Nearest Airport: LAX (10 – 15 miles depending on route)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round

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  • Glen Lukens House, Los Angeles, California | modern vacation rentals
  • Glen Lukens House, Los Angeles, California | modern vacation rentals
  • Glen Lukens House, Los Angeles, California | modern vacation rentals
  • Glen Lukens House, Los Angeles, California | modern vacation rentals
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Bedrooms3 Bedrooms`
Bed Type1 King, 2 Queen (one Queen is in the office)
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms3 Bathrooms
Accommodate6 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyYes
Pet friendlyYes
ViewGarden views
Rates
Pet Fee$200
Cleaning (One Time)$150
Sec. Deposit25%
Check-In15:00
Check-Out11:00
CancellationFully refundable until two weeks before the start of booking. Reservations cancelled with less than two weeks but more than 48 hours are subject to a 50% refund. Reservations cancelled less than 48 hours before the start of a booking shall not receive a refund.
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