Donald G. Park is a name that may not roll off your tongue like Neutra or Schindler but his contribution to modernist architecture in Los Angeles is just as significant.
Before opening his own firm with Wallace Benton in 1956, Park studied with and worked for fellow modernist architect A. Quincy Jones.
The Stone Residence, located in Los Feliz, is an excellent example of Park’s work. It’s sited above the boulevard near Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory, and the Greek Theatre.
Park also designed a couple of homes in Encino. One was the home of Mel Brown, a legendary mid century modern furniture icon.
The other was the home of night club owner Joby Lewis, and his wife, Helen. This one featured rotundas, technically called “dodecagons.” A story for realtor.com says, “The rotundas feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls with 250 degree views of the hills, canyons and San Fernando Valley city lights. The original period fixtures of the house are preserved, including chandeliers, brass sunburst doors, and rosewood throughout. The grounds include maids quarters and a three car garage.”
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