Save Richard Neutra’s Chuey House in the Hollywood Hills From Being Razed

Richard Neutra’s Chuey House in the Hollywood Hills is currently for sale. While it’s slated as a development opportunity I’m encouraging developers looking at this residence to take a cue from Joseph Eichler.

Chuey House Richard Neutra Hollywood Hills

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Neutra designed this glass and steel house in 1956 for Josephine Ain Chuey, a poet and former wife of Gregory Ain, and her third husband, painter Robert Chuey.

The residence is sited on two massive contiguous pieces of land high above the Doheny Estates. One lot offers approximately one acre of land and the other offers approximately 1.5 acres of land.

So, its easy to see why a developer might want to be build here but I’m hoping they take a cue from Joseph Eichler (you know, the  real estate developer known for developing residential subdivisions of mid-century modern style tract housing in California.)

Instead of razing an architecturally significant property to build McMansions –  think about building an enclave of modern homes around the Chuey house.

Chuey House Richard Neutra Hollywood Hills

Cause several other glass and steel mid-century modern homes also offering unmatched panoramic views of the Los Angeles Basin that include the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory, Downtown Los Angeles, Century City, and Santa Monica as well as expansive ocean views from Newport Beach to Pacific Palisades is just what modernists home buyers are looking for.

And here’s something else to think about, according to Architectural Digest, Mrs Chuey wrote to Neutra after the completion of the house saying, “You are an alchemist who has transmuted earth, house, and sky into a single enchantment,” Ain wrote to Neutra after the completion of the house, which featured a deck dramatically cantilevered over a cliff. “I can only hope that I can in some measure grow up to the wholeness and balance embodied here.”

Just think about how many letters you’ll receive, mr/mrs future developer, if you take the time to save an admired mid century home and build similarly styled homes around it.


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