Open House Obsession: Dreamy Mid-Century Living on the Edge of Los Angeles

Where: 11020 Wrightwood Place, Studio City
When: Sunday, May 4 from 1:00pm to 4:00
How Much: $1.695M
What: Designed by two great California Modernists – the architect Gregory Ain and the landscape architect Garrett Ekbo – the house and its landscape were commissioned by Dick Tufeld, a radio/TV announcer and voiceover actor, and his wife Adriene. Maintained by the Tufelds but never renovated, it's a remarkable survivor and a living document of both the idealism of '50s architecture and a burgeoning television culture. The living room (top and below) shows Ain's love of folded planes and layers, plus note how well the owners later accomodated a television next to the fireplace:

The front entry gate leads to an atrium with an oculus and a gnarled, sculptural tree– a classic Ekbo detail:

Below, the impeccable vintage kitchen is open to the living and dining areas:

The pool and beautifully composed poolhouse, seen from inside the house:


And the poolhouse – a Modernist pavillion – includes a bath and changing rooms:

More: "Danger, Will Robinson!"  Beginning in 1950, Dick Tufeld (1926-2012) had a long career as a radio/television announcer, narrator and voice-over actor, and is probably best remembered as the voice of Robot in the '60s classic Lost in Space. Influenced by by Thomas Church, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, landscape architect Garrett Ekbo created gardens and hardscape that engaged their architectural and social setting. Post WWII, Ekbo partnered with architect Gregory Ain on early radical social housing experiments in Los Angeles like the 1947 Avenal Apartments. Both designed for an intellectual clientele– some of whom would later be blacklisted in Hollywood.

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