Living Room, Sofa, and Medium Hardwood Floor In the mid-fifties, modern residential architecture was suspect in the Eastern San Gabriel Valley. The Roberts family requested a ranch house, but Neutra steered his clients towards his vision. Mrs. Roberts wanted a low plaster ceiling throughout the home, which Neutra refused, choosing tongue-and-groove Douglas fir boards instead. He compromised with a plaster ceiling in the living room, pictured above.  Photo 3 of 9 in Nearly Slated For Destruction, a Restored Neutra in West Covina Asks $1.8M