Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Greta Magnusson Grossman (designer)

Dates: constructed 1948

1 story

Beverly Hills, CA

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Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999) lived both in Sweden and Southern California in the 1930s, but settled primarily on her Beverly Hills property by the late 1940s. Grossman designed a small number of residences in the Los Angeles area, but was best known for her influential furniture designs for such Southern California furniture companies as Glenn of California, Ralph O. Smith and Barker Brothers. Her Grasshopper Lamp for Ralph O. Smith, spawned many copies, and has become a prized collectible among collectors of mid-century modern decor.

Architect's own house; this flat-roofed, one-story residence hung out over a steep hillside supported by thin posts. Cross bracing can be seen, giving the dwelling an industrialized look. The building's carport faced the street blocking noise, with a small bedroom also in the front of the house. The primary space, oriented to the view, was an open living room/dining room/porch. The dining room had a small kitchen appended off it back toward the street. A courtyard in the center led to the interior from the carport.

PCAD id: 16524