Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ohara House, Richard Neutra 1959

A centerpiece of the Neutra Colony of Homes, the Ohara House is a classic example of the work of Modernist Richard Neutra. Gracefully situated and composed with commanding views of the Lake, it is one of my personal favorites. It was recently purchased for $1,205,000.

Dave Keitel, former Chairperson of the Committee to Save Silver Lake's Reservoirs (CSSLR), recently pointed out to me that the CORRECT spelling of the name for this Neutra house is 'Ohara' rather than O'Hara. The 'Ohara' spelling is Japanese, rather than the Irish 'O'Hara'. Some of the original owners of these Neutra homes were Japanese, who chose Silver Lake (and Echo Park) to live in the middle of the 20th Century and before because there were no race-based restrictive covenants in these neighborhoods. Thankfully, we can take pride in a long tradition of inclusiveness in our community!

The Ohara House is located at 2210 Neutra Place in the Neutra Colony just above Silver Lake Blvd.


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