Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Neutra, Richard J., Architect (firm); Richard Josef Neutra (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

475 North Bowling Green Way
Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA 90049-2819

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Building Notes

A preservation alert sent out by the LA Conservancy c. 2003 said: "MAXWELL HOUSE LETTERS STILL NEEDED - PLEASE WRITE! If you haven't yet written Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski about Richard Neutra's Maxwell House, please take a moment to do so now. Every letter counts, and we need all the support we can get to save this important house. The house, at 475 North Bowling Green Way in Brentwood, is threatened with demolition. We are pleased to report that the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission has voted to declare the Maxwell House an Historic-Cultural Monument. The application will now go before the Los Angeles City Council. We need you to urge Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski, in whose district the Maxwell House sits, to support this application. The Maxwell House was designed by master architect Richard Neutra for the musicians Charles and Sybil Maxwell in 1941. Charles was a composer and orchestral arranger at MGM and Sybil was a violinist. It was with this project that Neutra first experimented with the peaked roof and triangular glazed gable openings that later became a trademark of the firm when pitched roofs were mandated by city building codes. Further, this design element profoundly influenced the design of American suburban architecture in the 1950's and 60's. Finally, the house is in pristine condition and retains a high degree of integrity. An addition in 1959 was also done by the Neutra design firm and fits seamlessly with the original 1941 plan. The new owners of the house were issued a demolition permit to demolish the house. We need your immediate action to help save this house. Please take a few minutes to write Councilmember Miscikowski, urging her to support the application. E-mail your letter to: Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski With a copy to the members of the Arts, Parks, Health, and Aging Committee and Amanda Seward: Chair, Councilmember Tom LaBonge Vice Chair, Council President Alex Padilla Councilmember Martin Ludlow Modcom Residential Chair Amanda Seward If you have any questions, please contact Modcom Residential Chair Amanda Seward (310-439-2422) or Catherine Barrier at the Conservancy office ( Thanks very much for your help!"

The building was erected for $6,750, a relatively large sum in 1941.


In 2008, the Maxwell House was to be moved to a new site in Angelino Heights, Los Angeles, CA.

PCAD id: 904