Spanner Residence | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Spanner Residence

Los Angeles architect Rex Lotery executed numerous residential designs in the 1950s and '60s, in styles ranging from the extravagant Hollywood Regency to the airy post-and-beam of Mid-Century Modern.

His design for the house at 4143 N. Cachalote Street in Woodland Hills is another example of his versatility, illustrating an interpretation of the Mid-Century Modernism that evokes the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and R. M. Schindler.

Completed in 1968, this two-story house is more explicitly vertical than many Modern designs, adapting to a comparatively small lot on a sloping hillside with an irregular plan and multiple levels. It has flat roofs with wide overhanging eaves that seem to float above the white stucco-clad walls thanks to horizontal bands of windows. The corner windows are mitered, joined together to provide an unstructed view.

Redwood cladding emphasizes window bays and covers jutting balconies on the front façade. The house’s front façade is asymmetrical but feels balanced by a palpable geometry. In the rear, the house features expansive glass windows and doors that open out into a series of terraces and patios to bring the outdoors inside and make the interior feel more spacious.

This Woodland Hills gem is a fine example of Lotery’s work, easily comparable to better-known examples in Brentwood and Beverly Hills.

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Photo by Michael Locke

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