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July 28, 2009
Originally published in Make It New!

Which is harder? Creating a new classic or restoring an old one? Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner discusses staying consistent with the original architect’s intent while acknowledging changing technologies and lifestyles.

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Marmol Radziner and Associates have restored and augmented a number of classic homes by California’s original modernists. This image: The Loewy house designed by Albert Frey in 1946.
Marmol Radziner and Associates have restored and augmented a number of classic homes by California’s original modernists. This image: The Loewy house designed by Albert Frey in 1946.
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The Elliot house by R. M. Schindler.
The Elliot house by R. M. Schindler.
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A. Quincy Jones’s Katzenstein residence.
A. Quincy Jones’s Katzenstein residence.
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The Lew house by Richard Neutra.
The Lew house by Richard Neutra.
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Marmol Radziner and Associates have restored and augmented a number of classic homes by California’s original modernists. This image: The Loewy house designed by Albert Frey in 1946.
Marmol Radziner and Associates have restored and augmented a number of classic homes by California’s original modernists. This image: The Loewy house designed by Albert Frey in 1946.

Leo Marmol, with partner Ron Radziner, has restored some of California’s most spectacular modernist homes—including those by Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, A. Quincy Jones, Rudolf M. Schindler, and Buff, Straub, and Hensman. Dwell spoke with Marmol about the particular challenges that arise when restoring architectural icons.
 

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