The Restored L.A. Home of Poet Alice Lynch Is a Rad Option If Your Budget Stretches to $1.8M

The Restored L.A. Home of Poet Alice Lynch Is a Rad Option If Your Budget Stretches to $1.8M

By Kathryn M.
Built in 1922 by architects Henry Hewitt and John Byers, the adobe-style home cleverly integrates modern finishes within a historic footprint.

A one-of-a-kind adobe home was recently listed for sale in Los Angeles, California. Nearly a century old, the home was the result of a 1920s partnership between local architect Henry Harwood Hewitt and prominent adobe builder John Byers. The current owners have respectfully updated the home, mixing modern finishes with original timber beams and arched glass doors that lead to a sunny central courtyard.

Located southwest of downtown Los Angeles, the adobe-style home was originally built in 1922 for poet Alice Lynch. The property was declared Historic-Cultural Monument #621 by the city of Los Angeles in 1996.

Inside, pale pink tiles line the entryway floor, contrasting with whitewashed plaster walls. The living room is located through an archway on the right, while the kitchen is straight ahead.

Byers, who is noted for building numerous adobe style buildings in southern California, led a team employing Mexican craftsmen to complete the traditional method of construction. The master architect also published several articles in the 1920s–30s on the influence of native California architecture.

Hewitt, a graduate of MIT and the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, is best known for his design of a Masonic Temple, and several schools, but turned to residential design later in his career. The architects reportedly partnered to build several adobe-style buildings together.

Another view of the sunlit entryway.

A large living area sits in the center of the home and looks out onto the courtyard. Features of the space include an original timber-beamed ceiling and hardwood floors.

Another view of the living room reveals an original brick fireplace at one end.

A pair of arched glass doors open to the courtyard, which fills the outdoor space between two wings of the home.

Known officially as the Alice Lynch Residence, this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom residence spreads out across 2,500 square feet. A U-shaped floor plan splits the bedrooms equally between the upper and lower levels, while a large living area fills the center of the home. Updated finishes range from stuccoed cabinetry in the kitchen to modern concrete counters in a bathroom. Outside, the 1,000-square-foot courtyard offers a large space for entertaining or relaxing in the sun. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $1,800,000. 

An updated kitchen fills one wing, offering stucco-and-wood cabinetry topped by mahogany butcher-block counters. Other features such as the copper sink and fixtures complement original post and beams.

The rear of the kitchen features a dining area with built-in seating.

Upstairs, a private bedroom with an en suite bathroom fills a second floor above the kitchen.

Another view of the bedroom. A similarly-sized space at the opposite end of the second floor is now used as a large walk-in closet but could be converted into an additional bedroom/office.

The bathroom features a tiled floor and shower, as well as a custom-made sink and vanity.

Back downstairs, the other wing of the home offers two bedrooms with a bathroom in the middle.

Concrete sinks and flooring complete the modern bath, which is also illuminated by a skylight above the shower.

The bathroom continues to another bedroom. A door leads directly to the sunny backyard.

The paved courtyard is nearly 1,000 square feet, complete with archways and an adobe brick wall that encloses the rear of the space.

An original doorway is now a window to pass items through from the kitchen. 

An outdoor shower fills one side of the patio.

Original adobe walls surround one end of the courtyard.

The approximately .20-acre lot also offers a grassy area at the back, as well as an additional outdoor dining area off the kitchen.

The front facade is a neighborhood stand-out.

The Alice Lynch House, located at 2414 4th Avenue in Los Angeles, California, is currently listed for $1,800,000 by Julian Porcino of Compass.

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