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Milton J. Black-Designed Streamline Moderne in Los Feliz Asking $1.8 Million

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Known as the Victor M. Carter Residence, it has curving windows, a magnesite staircase, and a built-in bar

Though architect Milton J. Black was a skilled practitioner of a variety of architectural styles, from Spanish Colonial Revival (Hollywood's El Cadiz Apartments) to French Art Deco (Hancock Park's Chateau Rossmore) to Programmatic (the iconic Tail 'o the Pup hot dog stand), he's probably best known for his outstanding Streamline Moderne structures, which include the Mauretania Apartments in Hancock Park and this lovely Los Feliz specimen that's just hit the market.

Built in 1935, the home was commissioned by Victor M. Carter, a Russian immigrant who became a prominent local businessman and philanthropist. According to a 1987 LA Times profile, Carter's first business was a "firm that manufactured the then-super modern steel window sash." The story also notes that the modern-minded mogul had a telephone in his car "as early as 1937."

Available for the first time in nearly four decades, the 2,340-square-foot house features, per its listing, four bedrooms, four baths, original casement windows, exterior copper trim and street address, interior magnesite staircase with chrome handrail, built-in powder room vanity, a formal dining room, a step-down living room with fireplace, a den with built-in bar, and a terraced backyard with fruit trees. Asking price is $1.79 million.

4241 Newdale Drive [Crosby Doe Associates]


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