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Greta Grossman’s glassy Beverly Hills home is for sale for $4.3M

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The architect was one of ‘modernism’s unsung heroes’

Photos courtesy of Hilton & Hyland

The personal residence of one of Los Angeles’s most important female architects is returning to the market for $4.295 million.

Greta Grossman, who hailed from Sweden, is perhaps best remembered for her cool Grasshopper Lamp (which you can buy today from Design Within Reach for $939)—but she has also been described as “one of modernism’s unsung heroes.”

For the two decades from 1940 to 1960, she was the only woman architect in the city of Los Angeles to own an independent practice, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. She built 14 residences here, often on spec, creating homes that “were defined by their diminutive scale and lightness of form and were frequently balanced perfectly on the edge of a hillside.”

The Los Angeles Times says she designed this glassy two-bedroom stunner in 1948 in Beverly Hills Post Office as “a quietly dramatic showcase of her skills.” It features characteristic walls of glass, slate floors, an original fireplace, wood-paneled walls, tall ceilings, and incredible views.

It was remodeled and expanded in 2009 by then-owner Darryl Wilson, a designer, and architect Tony Unruh, using “blueprints and vintage photographs as inspiration.” The listing says the interiors were refreshed in 2015 by Molly Luetkemeyer.