This circa-1954 house is the original work of one of our favorite modernist architects, Richard Neutra. Neutra designed this iconic home in Beverly Hills, LA, for real estate developer Herbert Kronish and his second wife.
In fact, the Kronish House is one of only three midcentury homes Neutra ever designed in the area. By 2011, it was the only one still intact. Today, thanks to the incredible restoration and landscaping work overseen by Marmol Radziner, the property is undoubtedly gorgeous once more.
Thanks are also due to Stavros Niarchos Jr, the young Greek shipping heir who came to the rescue while the home was under the threat of being demolished. Although the previous homeowners had requested and received a permit to demolish the structure, Stavros salvaged one of the only remaining architecturally significant properties and its gardens in the area by purchasing the crumbling estate for $12.8 million.
Stavros then hired Marmol Radziner to restore the estate back to its original splendour, including the interiors, courtyards, patios, swimming pool, and plantings. The landscape architects used American photographer Julius Shulman’s historic photos of the house as reference throughout the renewals.
To enter the premises, a 250-foot-long driveway leads the way to the main entrance of the property. Lush trees and succulents line both sides of the driveway that surrounds the property and keeps the area entirely private. It has been said that over one hundred specimen trees edge the driveway.
In addition to its three wings, the house features a central atrium and stretches over 6,900 square feet. Missing or ramshackled patios, large sliding glass and deep overhangs were recreated along with their original strong indoor to outdoor connection.
The abandoned and shaggy site was transformed into a stunning landscape brimming with local or adaptable foreign plantlife to the warm and dry Southern California climate. In other words, Neutra’s vision was brought back to life.