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Preservationist Or Pretentious?

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Writer David Hay, who owned Neutra's Bonnet House in the Hollywood Hills for over a decade, chronicles his 10-year rehab in this month's issue of Preservation magazine. He also takes the opportunity to knock alterations made by the subsequent owner (who is himself a dedicated Neutra fan), calling the house "too perfect, too ostentatious." He doesn't stop there: "My restoration had been authentic, and it had been modest; now the place flaunted its charms as a Neutra Trophy House, its original Modernist intentions carefully pumped up into a rather self-conscious style." Hay, you kind of sound like a dick. Let's try to be grateful you sold it to someone who didn't want to do a Home Depot makeover. [Preservation; image via]