L.A.'s famous Silvertop residence, a midcentury jewel by SoCal starchitect (and favorite of Bob Hope and Gwyneth Paltrow) John Lautner, has hit the market for the first time since 1974. Commissioned in 1956 by ladies hair clip baron Kenneth Reiner, Silvertop is an exemplar work by the organic modernist, boasting a cantilevered driveway, a concrete dome, and a bunch of sophisticated (sorta Bond villain-y) technical add-ons, like "a dining table with a hydraulic pedestal that was lowered for cocktails and elevated for meals," according to the L.A. Times.
It's unclear whether those technical improvements—of ilk with the optimistic Jetsons-style futurism popular in midcentury World Fairs—remain, but the listing does say the place includes a library, study, carport, darkroom, and guest house. Outside: "panoramic vistas" of the San Gabriel Mountains, ocean, and Downtown L.A., plus a tennis court and gardens. Photos of what Times once dubbed "the homage to the curve" are below:
· John Lautner's Reiner-Burchill Residence [Architecture for Sale]
· Genius Silvertop House for Sale for First Time Since 1974 [Curbed LA]
· All John Lautner coverage [Curbed National]
· All Silvertop coverage [Curbed National]