Designed in 1940 by Raphael Soriano, a noted architect who interned under Richard Neutra, the Lukens House takes its name from client Glen Lukens, a ceramicist, USC professor, and cofounder of Arts and Architecture Magazine.
The International-style home features a flat roof, overhanging eaves, a smooth stucco exterior, and a ribbon-like band of steel-framed windows. Comprising three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and 1,491-square-feet of living space, the home is located on a nearly half-acre lot in L.A.’s Jefferson Park neighborhood, and surrounded by lush landscaping. The residence also comes accompanied by a 1908 glass greenhouse that has been restored and repurposed as a dining pavilion.
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The Lukens House narrowly missed demolition—it had fallen into severe disrepair and was deemed a "nuisance property" and slated to be destroyed in 2006, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. Luckily, the Conservancy’s Modern Committee and West Adams Heritage Association stepped in to designate the dwelling a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2007.
The owner, Mike Chapman—who also happens to be the listing agent—purchased the property in 2010 and painstakingly restored the house and gardens, referencing original drawings and historic photographs in the process. As a result, the Lukens House earned "more awards for preservation than any home in California from organizations such as the Los Angeles Conservancy, California Preservation Foundation, and the Los Angeles Business Council," Chapman tells us.
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3425 West 27th St, Los Angeles is now being listed for $1,985,000 by Mike Chapman of Coldwell Banker
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