The Grossman House is one of the finest examples of Raphael Soriano’s residential work.
During his career Soriano built approximately 50 structures. Roughly a dozen of them remain standing today, including the Case Study House 1950, Luken House, Austin Spencer House, Ross House and the Grossman House.
Completed in 1964 for Soriano’s friends, Albert and Simonne Grossman, the residence at 11468 Dona Cecilia Drive in Studio City is the first of the architect’s all-aluminum designs. Constructed with an aluminum frame and an anodized exterior, “The aluminum framework and 28 glass doors (all 5 by 8 feet) came complete from a factory, and the modern, functional appointments are of easy-care materials such as Formica, terrazzo and cork” that was assembled on site.
Designed as a live/work space, the residence offers four-bedrooms and three bathrooms within its 3,886 square feet of living space. Inside, walls of glass line the perimeter dissolving indoor-outdoor lines to its tropical garden setting featuring a pool. Other notable features include built-ins, a skylight-covered solarium, terrazzo floors, colorful Formica surfaces, and an entire second floor to use as a home office.
For Albert Grossman his most prized feature was the easy maintenance. Dubbed “El Paradiso” he boasted “All I do is wash windows … and the place is just as good as the day it was built.”
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