Restored: John Lautner's Harpel House

LA Times 4.10.08

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Today's LA Times Home & Garden feature story is a look inside the recently restored Harpel House. It was originally designed by architect John Lautner. If you've never heard of The Harpel House, you're not alone. It hasn't garnered as much attention as some of Lautner's other Los Angeles homes (such as this one or this one). The fact that previous owners subjected it to many "misguided additions" hasn't help either. However, current owner Mark Haddawy has brought it back to the original design... More after the jump...

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From the article, "The place was just weird," says Mark Haddawy, who bought the house in 2006. "It looked like the owners had taken every opportunity imaginable to turn it into something completely conventional. But Lautner was about as unconventional as you can get. So why would you do that?"
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The renovation took two years and Haddaway was able to even recreate the architect's light fixtures, door knobs and other details. Read the entire story here, and be sure to check out the slideshow for more pics.

[ images by Gary Friedman for LAT ]