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Fall MAK Tour: Harwell Hamilton Harris' Hansen and Alexander Houses

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The MAK Center's Fall Home Tour took place over the weekend, so all week we'll be highlighting houses from the event, which centered around Los Feliz and Silver Lake.


Next up on the tour, two houses by Harwell Hamilton Harris (a guy with a name that sound like a law firm), who worked as one of Richard Neutra's apprentices. According to the MAK Center, Harris' style blended Neutra's International Style "with strong regional and historical influences" such as Schindler's use of wood, Greene & Greene's bungalows, and Frank Lloyd Wright's naturalism. The 1941 Alexander House, on Micheltorena, is relatively small, so Harris planned partially enclosed spaces rather than rooms. Just about every room has a balcony or patio, and the canyon views from the bedroom balconies are pretty amazing. The 1951 Hansen House is another wood and stucco structure, adjacent to the reservoir and accessed via a winding path rather than stairs (built by the original owner). Every room in the house has a garden or lake view, and the original owners maintained Harris' design during the forty years they lived there.
· Fall MAK Tour: Inside Schindler's McAlmon House [Curbed LA]