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Location: Brentwood, Calif.
The Skinny: Frank Gehry's controversial Schnabel House is back on the market after a thorough renovation and updating by Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Jon Platt. Our sister site Curbed LA took notice of the fact that just a year and a half ago Platt declared he'd "put too much of himself into the project to sell." Something changed his mind, because the man behind Angels in America, Wicked, and The Book of Mormon currently has the house listed for $13M. This particular bit of starchitecture was designed and built back in the late '80s for then-ambassador to Finland Rockwell Schnabel and his wife, Marna, all while the couple were stationed in Helsinki. Marna, a USC-trained architect, relayed her desires to Gehry via fax machine, but that sort of micromanaging pales in comparison to Platt's during the renovation. According to the L.A. Times, the producer reconfigured the wading pool three times before approving, replaced aging wiring with state-of-the-art home control systems managed by eight iPads, and a convoluted mechanized skylight system to cool the interior spaces with minimal energy consumption, all with regular input from Gehry.
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· Frank Gehry's 1989 Schnabel House in Brentwood [Curbed LA]
· Frank Gehry's Schnabel House: Updated, but would he approve? [LAT]
· Frank Gehry Visits His Own Schnabel House; Marvels at Tech Updates [Curbed National]