Living the High Life at Home
Greater Los Angeles has an unparalleled collection of residential Modern architecture. Visionary architects, open-minded clients, an atmosphere of reinvention, and the region's climate and geography fostered extraordinary homes for Modern living.
During the 1950s and '60s, much of the open space of the city’s valleys was filling in, while good views and available land led buyers to the hills that framed the Los Angeles basin. These hillside lots gave architects an opportunity to design creatively for complex and seemingly unbuildable terrain. New materials, technologies, and techniques developed during and after World War II allowed for structural innovation as well as creative expression.
The result was a collection of single-family residences that were sleek, groundbreaking, and out-of-the-box. As some of Los Angeles’ most famous and photographed houses, they have become iconic symbols of the city.
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