Barbara Lamprecht, author of that epic 2000 book Neutra: The Complete Works
(that big beautiful one from Taschen with the bound in plywood) sent over these beautiful illustrations of Richard Neutra’s 1955 Kronish house
in Beverly Hills. Earlier this week, owners of the property at 9439 Sunset Blvd
. stopped showing the $14 million dollar listing and forbid the architects son Dion from visiting the property. Lamprecht reports that permits have been requested that are consistent with demolition of the massive and intact estate. The City of Beverly Hills has a preservation ordinance, but no properties are protected by it. Just last September, a magnificent home by John Lautner
was destroyed and in January the 1962 Friars Club
building on Little Santa Monica came down. If you care about modernism, Neutra or the history of Beverly Hills, you can contact Mayor Jimmy Delshad here
and tell him what you think.
Richard J.Neutra, Kronish House, 1953, pastel on paper, courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum.