Before and After | Rediscovering a forgotten John Lautner in Echo Park
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Before and After | Rediscovering a forgotten John Lautner in Echo Park

A once-forgotten, John Lautner-designed home in Echo Park has been reborn thanks to its new owner, fashion designer Trina Turk.

AFTER - CARPORT: A once-forgotten, John Lautner-designed home in Echo Park has been reborn thanks to its new owner, fashion designer Trina Turk. The carport was restored to its original design.  (Laure Joliet)
BEFORE - CARPORT: A previous owner had converted the carport into a bedroom.
 (Bestor Architecture)
AFTER - EXTERIOR: In the renovation, Turk’s team extended the roof to drain away from the house and leveled the foundation.
 (Laure Joliet)
BEFORE - EXTERIOR: The home had been a rental for years and suffered water damage — the soaring roof design, the unmaintained glass walls and doors, and the slab-on-grade foundation that had settled all allowed flooding during rains.
 (Bestor Architecture)
AFTER - LIVING ROOM: The couple furnished the home with cool vintage pieces
 (Laure Joliet)
BEFORE - LIVING ROOM: Some of the leaking glass walls had been replaced with wood over the years; they restored those with high-efficiency glass. They also restored the interior redwood walls and brought the original floor plan back to life.
 (Bestor Architecture)
AFTER - KITCHEN: The kitchen got new cabinets and black Corian countertops.
 (Laure Joliet)
AFTER - DINING ROOM: This interior redwood wall was restored.  (Laure Joliet)
The John Lautner-designed home in Echo Park, shown at the bottom of photo, was built in 1948.  (Howard Maxwell)
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