Julius Shulman, the late great architectural photographer known for capturing the midcentury modern masterpieces of Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, and the like unsurprisingly had a magnificent Modernist home of his own. Located in Los Angeles's Hollywood Hills neighborhood, the 4,000-square-foot glass and steel home had served Shulman up till 2009, when the photographer passed away at the age of 98. Under new ownership, the home—the last unaltered steel frame house by midcentury architect Raphael Soriano and a historic landmark designated by the city—has recently been thoroughly restored and updated by local firm Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.
What once was an expanse of peeling plywood paneling and outdated fixtures is now a polished residence with modern upgrades throughout. As Dezeen explains, while the firm worked under the strict preservation guidelines of the city's Office of Historic Resources, making sure to "match materials wherever possible" and retaining the original all-cork entry, they also replaced existing built-ins, introduced new energy-efficient heating and ventilation systems, and added adjustable screens to the home's series of aluminum and glass patios. A few "before" shots are below. For the full story and gallery, head to Dezeen.
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