Architect-Richard Banta

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Architect-Richard Banta

Postby Mr.Downs » Mon Nov 07, 2005 5:03 pm

I live in a Richard Banta designed mcm home in the Hollywood Hills. I would like more information than what I found using the search engine about Mr. Banta. Could anyone help me out? I'd like to see some articles or pictures of other homes he designed. What I'd like to really find is the original architectural plans of the home I live in. Someone modified the house before I bought it. The county assessors office turned up nothing. Does anyone know if he's still alive? Thank you.
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Postby nichols » Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:21 pm

Richard Banta was a veteran of WWII. Joined the office of Carl Maston in 1956, previously worked for Smith, Powell and Morgridge, Welton Becket and Armet & Davis. Graduated Cal Poly Pomona

He built this swinging home for himself in the late '50s. at 1205 Benedict. "Refrigerated wet bar overlooks black bottom pool and seperate spa...sensous master bath....wine storage" - ad copy from 1970s...
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Banta was the winner of the 1961 AIA "Award of merit for merchant housing" for this home:
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and the 1963 AIA Western Home award for this home:

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In 1969 he was named Vice President in charge of operations for Robert H. Skinner & Associates (at that same address on Olympic)

Here he is in 1969 after completing the Oakwood Gardens apartment complex in Woodland Hills. He had just opened his own office and employed 22 people designing apartments for R&B Development Co.

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Then the trail turns cold...

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Postby Tony » Tue Nov 08, 2005 7:24 pm

Mr. Nichols,

As usual, you are amazing!

And thanks for yet another lead to a L. A. Architect's Own Home. I think I'm now up to maybe 400 of them.

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My Banta House

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Postby nichols » Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:58 am

Is your address "2065" are you "High above the sunset strip" ?? Could this be your house before it was remodeled? Maybe not... but it was photographed by Richard Fish for the Los Angeles Times. Those were all newspaper photos. They look awful. Don't know what became of Mr. Fish. Perhaps he did more work for Banta. When you finish the work there perhaps you will invite the Modern Committee to tour your home.
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Postby nichols » Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:59 am

Oops.. I guess Beachwood is not exactly above the 'sunset strip'

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Postby nichols » Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:40 pm

Looks like an amazing Banta home is for sale> WOW! He learned a thing or two working for Armet & Davis!


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http://www.redfin.com/CA/LOS-ANGELES/20 ... me/7122494

(PS: We'd call this a "folded plate" roof, not a "pleated" one)

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Postby nichols » Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:50 pm

Built in 1959, listed for sale in October, '59... guess Banta didn't live there very long.

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and here it is in 1984... I guess the Benedict address is wrong, THIS is his home:

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Postby SDR » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:20 pm

Wow -- great thread. New images and old, new descriptions and old, new prices and old, all bring the historic reality alive in the present. Thanks !


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