Architecture firm Escher GuneWardena, best known for mid-century restoration projects like the Eames House and Chemosphere, and their own contemporary design, has taken on the task of restoring Lincoln Height's Church of the Epiphany.

What a difference a year makes. In Venice, a grim and studio structure of glass block and stucco gets re-scripted. And domesticated. Asking $1.95M.

As the listing says: "Designed as a modernist Roman Villa for John Kelsey and his family, wrapping around an Impluvium (a pool open to the sky within the house). The formal entrance gallery is a grand Miesian glass box."

Living in this house could inspire a return to jewelled caftans and fondue parties. Best of all, it's open on Sunday, October 23 from 2:00 to 5:00.

A beautifully-detailed renovation by Shortridge Architects in Pacific Palisades, with a video of the house right after work was completed, plus pictures of how the current owners have comfortably settled in. Or see it for yourself— the house is open on Sunday October 16, 2011 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.

The Pacific Standard Time related fun continues! This weekend, two iconic mid-century homes that are rarely (if ever) open to the public are letting in the hoi polloi as part of their annual fundraisers.

Not to worry, there's room for a pool. And worth a visit if you're in LA— there's an open house on Sunday, October 16th from 2-5pm.

We have a bad habit of wandering into unlocked buildings in our neighborhood that have "For Rent" signs out and look remotely historic. Walking the dog through West Hollywood, it's easy to stumble upon some hidden treasures, concealed behind high hedges or imposing gates. In just a few blocks near Crescent Heights, there is a wealth of historic properties for rent, with diverse architectural influences ranging from Spanish to Moroccan to Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. Many of these are landmarked, all of these are pricey. Let's take a look.

In West Hollywood, this irresistible mash-up of styles looks like a great place for a party.

If you looked at as many real estate listings as we do, you'd find both uninspired landscaping and uninteresting art on the walls. Just not always, we're glad to report.

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