Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Julius Shulman's Home For Sale

The Hollywood Hills home, listed for $2,495,000, is the only unaltered steel-frame house in Los Angeles from architect Raphael S. Soriano. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath house was declared City Historic-Cultural Landmark Number 325 in August 1987. Although Soriano typically did not include screens for the large glass windows that are a staple in mid-century modern architecture, thinking ideally the homeowner would simply leave the windows open to let fresh air in, Shulman insisted screens be included. The result is a stunning home that in some sections is like a glass box perched on the hillside, surrounded by trees, koi ponds, gardens the photographer referred to as his jungle, and animals, like the birds that would join Shulman and his wife during outdoor breakfasts. Shulman died this summer at the age of 98; he'd lived in this home for almost 60 years.

Chances are this is as close as any of us are likely to get to this beautiful landmark home, so enjoy the virtual tour.

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