When the Ruskin Art Clubhouse, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #639, came on the market earlier this year, it needed a hero in a big way. (The listing photos weren't so bad, but historic renovator Scott Lander, who undertook the project, says that things were a bit worse than they seemed. See the "before" pictures below.) Designed by locally renowned architect Frank Meline, the Mid-Wilshire structure was built in 1922 for use by a nearby church, but sold in 1926 to the Ruskin Art Club, a group of prominent society ladies. Now it's been transformed into a handsome and breezy home.
Located in what's now the Windsor Village Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, the 3,351-square-foot house curves around a central courtyard with a fountain; it comes with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, plus another bedroom and bathroom in a guesthouse, exposed beams in the expansive living room, and original Batchelder tile fireplaces. The former clubhouse is now up for sale asking $2.395 million.
· Mid-Wilshire's Historic Ruskin Clubhouse Asking $1.25 Million [Curbed LA]
· 800 South Plymouth [Redfin]