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Longtime home of architects Louis Wiehle and Christopher Carr asking $2M in Los Feliz

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A light-filled haven of high design

Photos by Charmaine David, courtesy of Patricia Ruben

Considering the impressive and lengthy career he’s enjoyed, architect Louis Wiehle’s name ought to be much more widely known. Now in his 80s, Wiehle started on his path six decades ago as a member of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship, and would go on to work directly under Wright on such lauded projects as the Guggenheim Museum and Marin County Civic Center.

Wiehle moved to Los Angeles in 1951, where he worked with John Lautner before joining William L. Pereira Associates, serving as chief of planning when the Irvine Ranch Master Plan was developed in the mid-’60s.

Since the ’90s, Wiehle has been in professional and personal partnership with architect Christopher Carr. The pair have collaborated on a wide variety of projects, including the restoration of Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the redesign of their longtime personal residence in the Los Feliz Oaks, which is now on the market.

Once a 1930s traditional, the four-bedroom home was transformed into a unique modernist sanctuary. Occupying three levels, it features floating staircases, clerestory windows, lofty ceilings, and abundant built-in shelving and furniture. With a verdant, tree-filled lot of 8,395 square feet, and Griffith Park just a few blocks away, the property is also blessed with a “country in the city” air.

Asking price for the home, which will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, is $1.975 million. Patricia Ruben of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.

Thick walls of poured-in-place concrete and strategically placed windows establish a feeling of home-as-sanctuary immediately upon entry.
The open plan kitchen offers ample storage and work space.
Bedrooms are spacious, with lofty ceilings, clerestory windows, and built-in shelving.
Skylights and sizable windows create the illusion of an outdoor shower.
The hallway is a bibliophile’s dream.
A gas and wood-burning fireplace anchors the living room.
The home is surrounded by greenery on an 8,395-square-foot lot in the hills just east of Griffith Park.