Created by noted modernist architect Rafael Soriano, this enchanting mid-century gem was commissioned in 1940 by potter Glenn Lukens, co-founder of Arts & Architecture magazine. Lukens House, an international Bauhaus-style residence listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And now it’s up for sale in Los Angeles, asking for $2.5 million.
It is one of dozens of buildings designed by students of Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler. He built over 50, including the Shulman House in the Hollywood Hills. Grossman House Studio City’s once dilapidated home underwent an extensive restoration by former owner and real estate agent Mike Chapman working with Barry Milowski M2A Architect. Result? Received several preservation awards from the Los Angeles Conservancy, California Preservation Foundation, and Los Angeles Business Council.
It’s also worth noting that Lukens, who taught an evening pottery course at USC, invited student Frank Gehry to check out the construction process and meet Soriano. As the story goes, that meeting is said to have changed the course of Gary’s life, eventually leading him to pursue a career in architecture!
Located on a parcel of approximately 0.5 acres in the historic Jefferson Park district, on land that once housed the original gardens owned at the turn of the century. Lycurgus Lindsey Estate —The exterior of the white flat-roofed residence features large overhanging eaves and ribbon-banded steel windows. Inside, three bedrooms and his two baths are packed into nearly 1,500 square feet separated by glass walls.
Highlights include an expansive living room spotlighted by a fireplace and numerous windows overlooking the grounds, plus an adjoining dining area that leads to a wooden kitchen with modern appliances and ample storage space. will be Elsewhere, there is a primary suite with a flow-in bath with a glass-enclosed shower, and a study/office with its own entrance and private guest bedroom.
Outdoor lush gardens include spacious entertaining decks and screening areas for outdoor movie viewing, a full-size basketball court, and expansive lawns with plenty of space for an intimate game of cornhole. But one of the most striking features of the entire building is the glass-enclosed conservatory, built in 1908 and later transformed into the picturesque dining he pavilion.