Richard Neutra-designed Kronish house in Beverly Hills
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Homes of architect Richard Neutra

Richard Neutra-designed Kronish house in Beverly Hills
Bowing to community pressure, the owners of Richard Neutra’s Kronish House in Beverly Hills have agreed to postpone its demolition until at least Oct. 10 to give preservationists a chance to devise a plan to save the residence. (Marc Angeles / Unlimited Style)
The Staller house
The Richard Neutra-designed Staller House in Bel-Air came on the market at $10.9 million in June. Commissioned in 1955, the home is classic Neutra with walls of glass blurring the lines between the interiors and the natural setting of more than an acre. Features include a 4,200-bottle wine tasting room, an office and a swimming pool. The restored 6,674-square-foot house, which has ocean and city views, contains four bedrooms and seven bathrooms. (Berlyn Photography)
Neutra VDL Research house
The Richard Neutra VDL Research House II, the fabled glass box on Silver Lake Boulevard in Los Angeles, faces tough times. The house where midcentury architect Richard Neutra lived and worked has fallen into disrepair, and now the owner, the nonprofit Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, has announced that it might be forced to sell the landmark and close it to the public if supporters can’t raise upward of $2 million by the end of next year. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Neutra VDL Research house
New caretakers recently began Saturday tours of the landmark to raise money for its restoration and maintenance. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Neutra VDL Research house
The mid-1960s design by Neutra and son Dion demonstrates many of the ideas that modern homes still employ today. Here, wide glass doors on the main floor open to the outdoors. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Neutra VDL Research house
The placement of windows and built-in shelving carefully frames views of nature while shielding the house from neighbors. Part of the house’s genius is how it fits 2,100 square feet of living space on a 60-by-70-foot lot without feeling hemmed in by other homes. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Home of the Week: A Palm Springs masterpiece by Richard Neutra
Once owned by singer Barry Manilow, the Kaufmann house in Palm Springs was renovated over a four-year period by Santa Monica-based designers Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner. (Scott Mayoral)
Home of the Week: A Palm Springs masterpiece by Richard Neutra
The home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms in 3,162 square feet, and sits on a 2.53 acre lot. (Scott Mayoral)
Home of the Week: A Palm Springs masterpiece by Richard Neutra
Several rooms have built-in mirrors, which bring in desert views, and a tall stone chimney extends to an open-air rooftop for entertaining, which Neutra dubbed a “gloriette.” The house has a breakfast area, dining and living rooms, a gym and a covered patio. The home has radiant heating indoors and out. (Scott Mayoral)
You could say that architect John Bertram lives and breathes Richard Neutra. In the past decade, he has renovated significant residences by modernist Neutra (1892-1970), one of Southern California’s first starchitects. His personal residence is one of Neutra’s lesser-known works, the split-level, 900-square-foot McIntosh house, built in 1939 in Silver Lake. (Christine House / For The Times)
In her definitive book, “Neutra: The Complete Works,” architectural historian Barbara Lamprecht describes Bertram’s residence: “This spare, lean house steps back from its quiet Silver Lake street in a series of low, compact volumes wrapped in horizontal redwood siding. The disparity between private and public agendas is extreme: the house is irrevocably closed to the public and exuberantly open on the view side.” (Christine House / For The Times)
Bertram, left, stands on the front porch with his wife, the actress and writer Ann Magnuson. She purchased the house after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. “The area was still dicey then, but the price was right,” she says. (Christine House / For The Times)
Along with other modernists, Neutra was driven by a desire to bring in as much air and light into a house as he could and unite indoor and outdoor spaces. Bertram likens this room to a conservatory or screened-in porch. (Christine House / For The Times)
The Maslon house
The Maslon house was considered one of Modernist architect Richard Neutra’s masterworks. In 2002, new owners from Minnesota had it demolished weeks after buying it.  (David Glomb)