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Postby streinen » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:26 pm

"designed and built in 1956 by a noted Architect." Why not go ahead and note said noted architect?

Either way, great house, and an incredible neighborhood.

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Postby Joe » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:37 pm

minus the counter tops and flooring, that a great house in a great town.

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Postby JAB » Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:37 pm

Karl Schwerdtfeger was the Architect.

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748 laguna

Postby allen » Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:59 pm

Other then this house on Laguna, what was the architect noted for ?

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Postby Josquin » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:15 pm

Karl designed this house while he was still a student at USC. He hired Roy Wheeler, one of Neutra's contractors to build the house. A very nice first effort. Last I heard, Karl was still practicing. I don't know of any other works of his. Perhaps I could ask him.

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karl laguna

Postby allen » Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:52 pm

Josquin Yes, if you get a chance, please ask Karl about his other houses. I was told there is a " TWIN SISTER " house to 748 in the Glendale area and I'd like to find others too. Karl worked for Welton Becket and it would be nice to know what projects he worked on.

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Postby jonu » Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:09 pm

I found this in the city of Pasadena's Cultural Resources of the Recent Past Historic Context Report...

Education: USC School of Architecture, B.Arch.
Firms: Welton Becket & Associates; Karl Schwerdtfeger (1977-?).
Work: Karl Schwerdtfeger’s first job after graduation was with architect Al Boeche, who had been one of his instructors at USC. After serving in the military, he returned to Southern California he went to work for Welton Becket & Associates, where he would remain for nineteen years, working on large commercial projects throughout the United States. In 1977, Schwerdtfeger worked on his last project for Becket, the Fluor Headquarters in Orange County, before opening his own office.

The Schwerdtfeger House at 748 Laguna Road (1956) is Schwerdtfeger’s only work in Pasadena. Designed for his parents while he was a third-year
architecture student at USC, studying under Conrad Buff, the design started as a class project for Buff’s studio course and was critiqued and directly influenced by his ideas. Construction of the house was completed in 1956 and the family moved in the following year. The house remained in the Schwerdtfeger family until 1996.

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Postby chb » Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:23 pm

This is an amazing house! My mother lives in the same neighborhood, and I was fortunate enough to meet the architect and see the house in its original condition back in the mid 90s. The house had cork floors (instead of slate and wood), a built-in sofa in the living room and original finishes/fixtures in the kitchens and bathrooms. It's a shame these items were not preserved and restored. I wish I had purchased it back then, but I'm nevertheless glad to see that the basic structure remains intact.

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Postby Botany500 » Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:42 pm

This house is amazing. I don't mind the sink as much as I do the floor and steps in living room. Looks like Pergo® to me.

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Postby Miguel » Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:48 pm

Beautiful place and setting. Countertops and Pergo flooring are easy fixes...

Gotta love that floating William Earle buffet in the main living room!


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