Amid a Hotbed of Architecture, This Home Holds Its Own

Amid a Hotbed of Architecture, This Home Holds Its Own

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By Ron Broadhurst / Photos by Joe Schmelzer
A major overhaul of a bungalow in Venice, California, perfects the art of indoor/outdoor living.

Venice, like many neighborhoods in Los Angeles, boasts a rich architectural legacy, though perhaps inadvertently. Its most enduring structures are also some of its most modest: small bungalows closely aligned on narrow lots dot the area, evoking nostalgia for years past. But the eclectic, beachfront neighborhood also carries elements of a second design legacy—as a hotbed of influential, deconstructivist architecture by avant-garde figures, including Thom Mayne’s 2-4-6-8 House (completed in 1978) and Frank Gehry’s Norton House (completed in 1984).

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