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Fleming Drefeld House, Raul F. Garduno, Architect, Van Keppel-Green Interiors c.1962 | by Michael Locke
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Fleming Drefeld House, Raul F. Garduno, Architect, Van Keppel-Green Interiors c.1962

Architect Raul F. Garduno designed the house in 1962 for Fleming Drefeld. The house was featured in an article entitled, "Hillside House on an Anchor of Steel" in the Home Section of the Los Angeles Times on July 22, 1962. Drefeld was an employee of the Times who worked the night shift reportedly as a typesetter. The original house had 1300 sq. ft. of living area covering living room, entrance hall, master bedroom, studio and two baths. In addition, there is 600 sq.. ft.. of deck space. Prefabricated plywood vaults form a dramatic scalloped roof line; the wood post-and-beam construction resting on an exposed steel frame.

 

In 1964 the house was purchased by its present owners and has been maintained in a pristine condition, adding only a wine cellar on the lower level and extending the master bedroom a few feet into the backyard. Original interiors and colors designed by Van Keppel-Green are intact, a little-known but important modernist design firm founded by Hendrik Van Keppel and Taylor Green in the late 1930s.

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Taken on January 29, 2012