A John Lautner Post-and-Beam Hits the Market for the First Time Ever

A John Lautner Post-and-Beam Hits the Market for the First Time Ever

Built in 1952, the Hollywood Hills home is now for sale by the original family.

A Hollywood home designed by John Lautner just listed for the first time since its construction nearly seventy years ago. The home's only owners, Harry and Pauline Williams, ran a nearby grocery store where they first met the famed architect and asked him to build them a home. Located in the shadow of the Hollywood Sign, the Beachwood Canyon residence features dramatically angled Douglas Fir ceilings, built-in furniture, and an interlocking concrete block fireplace. In 2018, the entire home was masterfully restored by long-time Lautner collaborator, Helena Arahuete.

The 1952 Harry and Pauline Williams Residence by John Lautner is located along Ledgewood Drive just below the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park. The home has remained in the family since its construction and is now being sold after Harry Williams passed away in March.

Inside, the home's original features are offered in pristine condition after a 2018 restoration by Helena Arahuete, who took over Lautner's firm after his death. The living area features an interlocking concrete block fireplace—a feature not found in any other Lautner home.

The home is largely defined by the angled roof line and full-height glass walls. Throughout the interior spaces, Lautner employed numerous triangular shapes, including in details such as custom light sconces and mosaic tiles. Other features include concrete floors and a sunken reading area in the living room. Aside from the removal of a closet, the Williams family and Arahuete kept the structure exactly as Lautner designed it.

A sunken seating area in one corner of the living room features a built-in bench and shelves.

Another view of the living area looking toward the dining area and kitchen.

The dining area is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass on two sides.

In total, the home comes with 1,647 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main level features the living and dining areas, along with a galley kitchen and two of the bedrooms, while the lower level offers a private master suite and a studio space.

Outside, a .18-acre lot offers a large deck, as well as a garden patio and open-air greenhouse. The location also provides easy access to numerous hiking trails in and around Griffith Park. Keep scrolling to see more of the mint-condition property, currently listed for $1,895,000.

The galley-style kitchen is defined by a wall of original cabinetry.

A bar lines one end of the kitchen. An additional set of steps lead down into the space.

The kitchen features the original cabinetry, tile floors, as well as Frigidare cooktop and oven. All other appliances, along with the countertops and fixtures, have been modernized.

A look at one of two bedrooms on the upper level. The angled space features an original wood-clad ceiling and a full-height wall of glass at one end.

The upstairs bathroom is illuminated by a skylight.

The lower-level master suite features sliding glass doors that open to the garden.

Outside, the roofline culminates at one corner of the home, creating an overhang around the dining area and patio.

A nighttime view of the upper-level outdoor space. Stairs on the opposite side lead down to the garden and patio.

A view of the garden looking back toward the master bedroom and studio along the lower level.

A path also leads around to a smaller seating area at the end of the lot.

3329 Ledgewood Drive in Hollywood, California, is currently listed for $1,895,000 by Marc Silver of Compass.

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