Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Deco Novarro House
hits the market asking $4.3M

Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Deco Novarro House

The Novarro House, Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-inspired Art Deco masterpiece, is back on the market after last having sold in 2014. Silent film star Ramon Novarro commissioned the home in 1928 for his, erm, personal secretary, Louis Samuel. It fell back into Novarro's hands after he caught Samuel embezzling. Novarro then recruited art director (and Oscar statuette creator) Cedric Gibbons as an interior designer.

Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Deco Novarro House

Since then, the home has hosted a number of luminaries, including musical theater icons Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. Later, it was home to Diane Keaton (see article below), who restored it with the help of architect Josh Schweitzer.

Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Deco Novarro House

Nestled into the hills of Los Feliz, the 2,690-square-foot house features copper ornamentation along the exterior—along with an impressive oversized street number out front facing the street. Other features include huge windows throughout, a frosted glass entryway, floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the master bedroom, and several balconies shaded by the lush array of surrounding vegetation. (LA Curbed, Sep. 27, 2016. Read more)

Lloyd Wright’s Mayan-Deco Novarro House

Inside Diane Keaton's 1920s Beverly Hills Residence

The actress and longtime friend and designer Stephen Shadley reemphasized the facade’s Spanish colonial style, giving it a simple—albeit monumental—wood door and metal grillwork at the windows.

Actress, director and producer Diane Keaton stands at the front entrance of her Beverly Hills residence, an early-1920s structure by architect Ralph Flewelling.

Keaton is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable collector of California art and design. A 1931 Maynard Dixon oil, Late Afternoon, hangs above the living room’s fireplace; William Ritschel’s 1912 Desert Wanderers is at rear. The pots are Hillside, from the teens and ’20s; the daybeds are Monterey pieces.

Original tiles pave the loggia. “I love contrast,” Keaton says. “I don’t want to be enclosed in darkness, nor do I want to be overwhelmed by too much light.”

An oil, Moonlight Mesa, from 1925, by Harold “Buck” Weaver is over the fireplace, which has the same form as the one in the living room.

Lanterns once used on the house’s exterior now illuminate the master bedroom.


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another country said...

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