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Hogan Residence

Post-and-beam houses have a way of drawing you in and allowing for great open spaces. The 1964 Hogan House is a Laurel Canyon classic, designed by architect Douglas Rucker. The views and expanses of glass do not disappoint. While reaching out to Rucker for his advice, new owners have recently restored the house and designated it as L.A. Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) #1152 in 2018. 

The house was originally designed for actor Jack Hogan who is best known for his role on the 1960s television show Combat.

Douglas Rucker, AIA, is a well-known Malibu architect and author who has designed more than 80 residential and commercial projects and over 50 remodels/additions. Born and raised in Illinois, Rucker received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1950; he then worked as a draftsman in Denver and San Diego before moving to Altadena and becoming a licensed architect. Rucker worked for various firms in the greater Los Angeles region, including architect Ray Jones of Glendale and architecture firm Gilman & Young of Brentwood. In 1957, Rucker opened his own Pacific Palisades firm as part of a partnership that lasted one year. In 1958, he opened his own, eponymous firm in Malibu.

During the firm’s tenure, Rucker primarily designed single-family, Post and Beam residences in Malibu; some projects were also located in Calabasas, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. He became well known in his community for his unassuming yet captivating Mid-Century Modern design. Rucker’s work has been described as “instantly recognizable but never formulaic,” and his designs often share such characteristics as re-sawn, paneled wood siding, exposed beams with angled ends, prominent fireplaces, open riser stairs, windows in the garage or carport, and galley kitchens – all characteristics found in the Hogan Residence. Rucker has named early modernists Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, as well as his own “architectural peers of 1950s [sic] in Southern California,” as his architectural inspirations.

Photo by Hernan Hernandez

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