Real Estate Report: Classic Bauhaus Cube by Raphael Soriano in the Hollywood Hills
Where: 1650 Queens Road, Hollywood Hills/Lower Sunset Strip
What: The Antonio Polito house, designed by Soriano in 1938 and completed by 1940. The 2-bed, 2-bath house came on the market in January, 2013 asking $1.895M. Sensitively restored, the current owner added a pool on the south side of the house– to which most of the rooms open– plus the lot is terraced uphill with patios and landscaping, reached by the wooden bridge.
There's a little bit of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier in the cantilevered balconies and strips of steel windows, plus some inveitable Richard Neutra influence, but the synthesis is all Soriano's. Below, images of the house soon after it was built, and the grid of sandblasted white glass bringing light into the stairwell.
Contemporary images via Triangle Modernist Houses
Below, the living/dining room space:
More images at the listing link, above. Los Angeles is a goldmine of architectural fantasies, one of those places where there was (and still is) enough skill and craftsmanship to build anything that one's imagination (or the film industry) could conjure up but still real enough to live in. There's no better example of this than a clip of the Polito House and its immediate neighbor from Google StreetView: