Richard Neutra’s legacy of modernist architecture, marbled throughout southern California, has a quieter history in San Francisco. The Austrian-born architect designed just five homes in the city, including a Victorian rowhouse for refugees from Nazi Germany, his first redwood building, along with his first local project, the Largent House – named for the modest family who moved into 49 Hopkins Ave. in 1936. The stark white house with crisp lines, first occupied by a schoolteacher and an artist, joined a body of work that some have mentioned in the same breath as Frank Lloyd Wright – whom Neutra briefly worked under and admired so much that he named a son after the renowned architect. “Their beauty, like that of any sea shell, is more than skin-deep – practical, not pretentious,” Time magazine wrote about Neutra’s designs in 1949, when he graced the cover. Seven decades later, in October 2017, the business end of a backhoe scoop tore into the redwood-and-brick house in the leafy Twin Peaks foothills, leveling nearly everything except a garage door and frame in what city planners have called “an illegal demolition.” Ross Johnston, the owner who bought the 1,312-square foot house for $1.7 million last year,… Read full this story
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