Posts Tagged ‘Gehry’

Curbed – New to Market: Sharp Mid-Century Modern With Frank Gehry Connection Asking $1.4 Million in Los Feliz

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Per its listing description, this eye-catching mid-century modern in Los Feliz’s Franklin Hills was built by a USC architecture prof and two of his students, “one of whom was Frank Gehry.” Sited on a 5,000-square-foot lot near the Shakespeare Bridge and Marshall High School, the house features three bedrooms, two baths, vaulted beamed ceilings, slate and hardwood floors, clerestory windows, a gas fireplace, a saltwater lap pool with spa, and a two-car garage. The copy also mentions a bonus room with private deck on a separate level that’s “part of original build but not part of permitted square footage.” Last sold in 2003 for $ 780,000, it’s now asking $ 1.399 million.

· 3815 ALOHA St [Estately]

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Curbed – Home Tours: Inside Patrick Dempsey Early Frank Gehry House in Malibu

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


[Photos by Roger Davies/Architectural Digest]

With all of starchitect Frank Gehry‘s large-scale urban projects these days, it’s interesting to look back at some of his small, earlier work, like this three-bedroom 1968 house in Malibu now owned by Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey and his family, even if the house has been deGehryfied a bit. In a recent interview in Architectural Digest (via our pals at Curbed National), it’s explained that the 5,500-square-foot structure was originally designed to be a studio and home for abstract artist Ron Davis. A couple of “spa entrepreneurs” eventually bought it for $ 2 million and flipped the heck out of it, selling it to Dempsey in 2010 for $ 7 million.

The Dempseys put their own spin on the space, deciding they needed less of a “rhomboidal corrugated-metal-clad live/work space” and more of a place where their children could play. Domesticating the house meant adding a kitchen with a dedicated pizza oven, converting a horse-riding arena into gardening beds, and bringing in a menagerie (miniature donkeys!). Voila! It’s a home.
· Patrick Dempsey’s Welcoming Malibu Home [AD]
· Inside Patrick Dempsey’s Domesticated Frank Gehry Design [Curbed National]

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Curbed – Frank Fucking Gehry: Frank Gehry Wishes Disney Hall Had Been Built in Westwood

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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Our city’s biggest starchitect things Los Angeles is doing it all wrong, development-and-architecture-wise: Frank Gehry tells Los Angeles magazine “Los Angeles doesn’t take architecture seriously.” Right now he’s working on projects in Menlo Park (Facebook), Abu Dhabi (Guggenheim), DC (Eisenhower Memorial), a sailboat “for a real estate magnate,” and Berlin (a concert hall), but not a thing in his adopted hometown. While he was inspired by the 1960s art scene in Los Angeles, and by the traffic (“It led me aesthetically to look for a sense of movement in the work”), FG seems pretty down on Los Angeles these days. He’s right that the city doesn’t value iconic architecture the way a world city should (see: the giant but pretty bleh towers set to dominate Hollywood), but his other complaints are, at the very least, terrifically outdated:

– He thinks the efforts to revitalize Downtown, which have been wildly successful over the past decade, are “both anachronistic and premature”: “We can will it into being eventually … Maybe in 10 to 20 years. Who knows? I would guess it’s more like 30 or 40.”

– Oh dear god, he would’ve put his Disney Hall in Westwood: “Gehry says that if he’d had his way, he would have put Disney Hall where the Geffen Playhouse is in Westwood and lobbied to have the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels positioned by MacArthur Park, near where so many of its parishioners live. The idea is to make a city that is user friendly and accessible rather than insisting that people assemble at one sanctified locale.” (The idea being that only Westsiders like classical music?)

– Other Gehry alternate histories? Well he thinks nothing should ever be built Downtown, apparently: “He also contends that MOCA should have been built across the street from LACMA.”

– In case you didn’t get the “fuck Downtown” message, Gehry thinks Wilshire Boulevard is the real heart of Los Angeles: “I have always thought that L.A. is a motor city that developed linear downtowns. If you drive from Figueroa to the ocean on Wilshire, and you go up and down a few blocks along the way and then go back to Wilshire, you will see that it’s a very ethnically and economically diverse population and that people relate to the iconicity of Wilshire.”
· Perfectly Frank [Los Angeles]

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Curbed – Week in Review: Rail Riding Down Sunset? Gehry Goes Twisty in Santa Monica

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

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The famed Beverly House is now available for rent for just $ 600k/month.

This Week’s Top Stories: Raising well-coiffed eyebrows everywhere, LA City Council candidate Matt Szabo offered his proposal (with renderings!) to put a rail line on, or under, Sunset Boulevard connecting downtown to Hollywood and points in-between. Intrigue continues with the NFL’s proposed return to LA as news breaks that a stadium is being pushed for Chavez Ravine, next to Dodger Stadium. After a brief period of ownership, Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House in Los Feliz has come back onto the market for $ 4.88 million. Bob Hope’s Palm Springs home, designed by John Lautner to resemble a volcano, has finally come on to the market for a hefty $ 50 million. Another of those big Hollywood projects lost to the Great Recession has resurrected itself, as word on the street says the mixed-use project at Selma and Vine is back in action. A twisty 22-story hotel and condo tower is being proposed for Santa Monica, designed by Frank Gehry. Is LA’s infrastructure finally getting a needed aesthetic upgrade? The trend for pretty new bridges would suggest so.

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Curbed – Rent Check: Frank Gehry Reno With Harrison Ford Carpentry Renting in Hills

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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Image via Triangle Modernist Houses

Haul out the bold-facing machine: the Kellerman-Krane House off of Laurel Canyon has a 1983 addition by Frank Gehry and (presumably much) earlier carpentry work by a pre-fame Harrison Ford; it’s owned by actress/singer Sally Kellerman (best known as “Hot Lips” Houlihan) and producer Jonathan D. Krane (Look Who’s Talking, Face/Off). The house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a pool, plus it’s in the Wonderland school district. All this reflected glory will cost you, though: $ 21,000 per month.

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Image via Triangle Modernist Houses
· $ 21000 / 5br – 3694ft² – FAMOUS HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER’S ESTATE [Craigslist]

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Curbed – CurbedWire: Producer Buys Venice Post Office, SCI-Arc Gets a Gehry Prize

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

2012.09_silvervenice.jpgVENICE: Matrix, etc. producer Joel Silver has made his purchase of the historic Venice post office official with a press release today: “The Windward Circle facility, built in 1939 as part of the Federal Works Progress Administration, will serve as the new home of Silver Pictures once significant restoration and renovation work have been completed” (the company is moving from Burbank). Silver, who has restored a couple of Frank Lloyd Wright properties, say he’s committed to restoring the post office and its Edward Biberman mural, “Story of Venice.” Work is set to be finished in 2014. [Curbed Inbox]

ARTS DISTRICT: SCI-Arc kiddos, get ready to scrap for the Gehry Prize–the school announced today that trustee and biggest starchitect in the world Frank Gehry has endowed the prize (at $ 100,000) to be awarded to the best thesis projects every year. The first one will be given out next week at the 2012 graduation ceremony. [Curbed Inbox]

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Curbed – CurbedWire: Frank Gehry Now Getting Ideas From Simpsons Jokes About Him

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

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DOWNTOWN: The Wall Street Journal reviews the LA Philharmonic’s Don Giovanni, which has sets designed by Frank Gehry (who also happened to design the concert hall the opera is staged in). Sounds like Gehry really took his old Simpsons guest appearance gag to heart: “Mr. Gehry filled the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage with tall mounds of white crumpled paper interspersed with large, white movable boxes; the orchestra, appearing to float on what looked like a sea of black plastic garbage bags, was positioned above and behind it.” [WSJ]

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