Bonus Modern Photo of the Week - Chemosphere

Name: Chemosphere House (Leonard Malin Residence)
Architect: John Lautner
Year Designed: 1960
Builder: Unknown
Year Built: 1960
Size: 2200 square feet
Location: Torreyson Drive, Hollywood Hills, California
Type: Residential
Style: Organic Modern
Status: Excellent, good ownership and recently renovated
Photographer: Unknown

Well, to continue our recent expos'e on The Best Houses of All Time in L.A., here is number seven on the list. At one point this home by Architect, John Lautner had fallen into disrepair as a rental property. It was then purchased by German book publisher, Benedikt Taschen of Taschen Books. The Chemosphere house was renovated by Silver Lake firm Escher Gune Wardena, who are said to have updated the windows and floors, but otherwise tried to retain the original feel of the house. This house has also had a Hollywood career as a film location appearing in the TV series The Outer Limits and the movie Body Double. Facsimiles of the house have appeared in the Simpsons, Cars and the movie version of Charlie's Angels to name a few.

See the Yanda House for the Kansas City relationship to the Chemosphere.

Modern Photo of the Week - Yanda Residence

Name: Yanda Residence
Architect: Albert J. Yanda
Year Designed: 1965
Builder: Albert J. Yanda
Year Built: 1966
Size: 1700 sq. ft. 2 bedroom 2 bath
Location: Kansas City, MO (Valentine Area)
Type: Residential
Style: Organic Modern
Status: Very Good Condition
Photographer: Unknown

The Yanda Residence was built by Architect, Albert J. Yanda for himself and his wife. The structure, built of steel, sits on what was considered for years to be an unbuildable lot. His creative response to the site is an introverted façade to the street and a soaring glass filled structure to the rear. The inspiration for this house may have been looking West to John Lautner's Chemosphere house in California , built a few years earlier. Not long after completing this house Yanda would move west himself. Yanda had previously been in the employ of David B. Runnells, Architect to several early Drummond Projects. Yanda's initials appear on many of Runnells' drawings as the draftsman of these plans.