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Hal Levitt

Postby grh122 » Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:49 pm

Hello there,

I'm new here. Recently, I've been very interested in Hal Levitt homes after seeing one in Bel Air, Ca a few months back. These Levitt houses seem really interesting concerning geometry and the idea of taking "a line for a walk" as Paul Klee says. I have had trouble finding information about him and his work on the web, other than the fact that the Olsen twins live in one and Jennifer Aniston as well. Does anyone have any knowledge on him or know of any weblinks/publications that could help me? I have seen the links here within lottaliving concerning his work. Thanks much.

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Postby Mies » Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:11 pm

Grh:

Hal Levitt is my favorite of the mid-century architects who worked here in southern California. Levitt's later work is not my style. I see a LOT of architecture here as I own a Neutra house and work in the real estate business. Levitt generally had wealthy clients and so the materials he used tended to be gorgeous. The houses were fairly large and engineered for maximum glass, and great style. Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 owns a very cool Levitt house in Beverly Hills, as do some relatives of mine. I always make a point to go see these houses during those rare times when they come on the market. Good luck!

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Postby Tony » Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:43 am

I agree with Mies! Hal Levitt was a great "party house" architect. Sunken wet bars, conversation pits, and visions of cocktails everywhere! He did a lot of houses up in Trousedale Estates and a couple in Palm Springs.

Unfortunately, there is little written about him. I'd love to locate a building list!

One of his strangest, and last houses was for actor James Coburn. A huge Tuscanfantasy on the outside. Inside an enormous stair that could have belonged to the Dorothy Chander Pavillion. A variety of huge bedrooms, one of which laid out as a gigantic opium den. Fantastic!

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Postby sdmod » Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:03 pm

Dont know much about him but he did a great house down here in San Diego (Rancho Santa Fe). The roof line reminds me of some W. Cody homes in Palm Springs.

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Postby Mies » Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:48 pm

Yes, Hal and Harold Levitt are one and the same.

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Postby MD² » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:12 pm

Don't know much about Levitt besides what has been published by Serraino & Shulman in (which isn't much really).

And since we're on the subject, I thought that everyone might like to see pictures of one of his works. So here's the house Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen formerly owned.
It is situated at
It was sold on 12/12/2006 for an indicated sale price of $3,850,038
This house is 3,675sq.ft., was built in 1962, and has 4 Bedrooms & 6 Bathrooms

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Postby grh122 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:45 am

Yes I love that one! I've seeen all of these listing photos but I had not seen the last 5 images which must have been pre remodel. Thanks!

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