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I specialize in the valuation of both Historic and Architectural Homes. I keep in close contact with two Real Estate Brokers who specialize in sale of these property types. I feel it is important to keep on top of current listings and sales.
The first is Mr. Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates. (click on the blue words to review Mr. Doe's Company Website - but be sure to come back here!) The second is Mr. Brien Linder of "The Value of Architecture" . (again click on the blue words above to review Mr. Linder's and Mr. Doe's Websites & then return here.) Both of these firms have designed there whole business model around the premise that "architecture creates value".
The most important aspect of the valuation of an Historic or Architectural property is examining the "Provenance", of a property. We have developed an analysis using the Provenance in order to extract the value of the historic and/or architectural value of a property. For more information about Provenance or historical home valuation, click here. If you have an architectural home or historic home and want to have it appraised go to the bottom of this form and fill out the contact form. We will get in contact with you
Please scroll down to see some of the Historic and Architectural homes that our Company has appraised. Also included is a short “Bio” of each of these homes:
The Russell C. and Ella B. Allen House - Bonita, CA <> Built in 1907
(Click on the "Clear Search" link in the upper right of this Webpage & scroll back to page-40 for information about the Allen House)
Architects: Irving Gill and Frank Mead
(For Frank Meads information, go to pages 28 & 29 of the referenced paper)
This house was designed by reknowned architects Irving Gill and Frank Mead. Mead and Gill’s partnership only lasted a few months in 1907. However, the following was stated in the Journal of San Diego History:
“…Although the Gill & Mead partnership only lasted only a few short months in 1907, it produced three remarkable houses and signaled a turning point in Gill’s career…….the largely unsung Russell Allen House in
Bonita can rightly be called a major landmark of 20th Century American architecture. A flat-roofed box with punched-in porches and windows, and cylinder columns without capital or base, it became Gill’s first essay in totally stripped-down architecture. Austrian architect Adolf Loos is usually credited with the first intentionally anti-ornamental house, but Loos’ “Steiner House” in Vienna postdates Gill & Mead’s Allen House by three years….”
This is one of the most architecturally significant homes I have had the pleasure of valuing. ______________________________________________________________________________________
The "Lost" John Lautner Designed House - Echo Park, CA
I was pleased to be selected by Mr. Steve Gutierrez-Kovner to complete two valuations of this architecturally significant house designed by renowned architect John Lautner. The Lautner Foundation did not note this house on their list of properties designed by Lautner.
Mr. Gutierrez-Kovners family has owned this house for 60 years. Pictured above is an historical photo of the house just after it was built. It is now heavily shrouded by 66-year old trees. After my appraisal was completed, Mr. Gutierrez-Kovner listed the house for sale and it sold very quickly. You can go to Steve's Website by clicking on the link above.
Steve was able to photograph actual Lautner blueprints maintained at the Getty Museum. The original house was built in 1948. This was an interesting valuation because in 1966 an addition was built which was designed by Arthur Silvers. My research showed that Mr. Silvers was a well respected African American architect who graduated from the U.S.C School of Architecture in 1959.
Wentworth Avenue - Pasadena, CA
The Lydia C. Edmands House
I appraised this house in January 2014. Located in the Historic Oak Knoll Neighborhood in Pasadena. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places on 7/10/1998.
Cotswold Cottage Architecture, designed by Arthur & Alfred Heineman & built in 1917. House has intricate rolled-roof shingles at the edges and a large eye-brow gable in front. 6,300 + SF house with a guesthouse attached to the 3-car garage at the back of the lot.
The house was listed 5/12/2014 for $4,299,000. Listing agent is Matt Berkely @ Crosby Doe Associates, Inc. 626-665-3699 & email@example.com
THE MANOLA COURT APARTMENTS,
ALSO KNOWN AS THE HERMAN SACHS APARTMENTS
This a 16-unit apartment building located in the Silver Lake District of Los Angeles, known both as the Manola Court Apartments and Hermann Sachs apartments. I appraised this building for the Trust that owned it. It was designed by highly regarded modernist architect Rudolph Shindler, (1887 to 1953) for his friend and client, artist/designer, Herman Sachs and was built in several phases from 1926 to approx. 1940.
This building was listed at one time by Mr. Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates. Mr. Does provides the following description of the project in the Listing:
“Shindler steps the abstractly ornamented buildings up the hillside, and creates a sense of community by interconnecting living space with garden walkways. International recognition of this low density garden complex strengthens eligibility for possible historic monument designation”
THE JULIUS SHULMAN HOUSE & STUDIO:
Woodrow Wilson Dr. <> Hollywood Hills West, CA
Our Company had the honor of being selected by the Estate of the late Julius Shulman to appraise his house and studio. Mr. Shulman was the preeminent photographer of Modernist Architectural properties of the late 20th Century.
Mr. Shulman's house and attached photographic studio is located in the Hollywood Hills. The house was designed by Raphael Soriano, well known Modernist Architect. Mr. Shulman resided here and maintained his studio here until his passing in July 2009.
This is the last standing metal sided Modern Home designed by Soriano. The house is in pristine condition and is located on a very private 3/4 ac. site with city lights views.
HISTORIC/ARCHITICTURAL & LUXURY HOME
South San Rafael Avenue <> Pasadena, CA
South San Rafael area of Pasadena. I appraised this English Manor House in the late-1980's. One of the finest Historic and Architectural homes I have appraised.
It was the original "Batman House" of the 1960's Batman Television Series.
Designed by Morgan, Walls & Clemetes and built in 1927-1928. Over 16,000 SF main house, located on approx. 4.9 Acres.
Most recently sold for $4,400,000 in 4/1999.
Los Robles Place - Ganesa Hills - Pomona, CA
1930 built Mediterranean Estate located on a promontory lot overlooking the Western Inland Empire. I appraised this house for its recent sale in March 2007 @ $1,550,000 - the highest price home ever to sell in Pomona.
Listed & sold by Geoff Hamill of Prudential Wheeler Stephen Real Estate in Claremont, CA.
SAN JOAQUIN DRIVE CANYON LAKE, CA
I appraised this home for its Construction Loan; it is now nearing completion. Excellent quality 11,000 + SF Mid-Century Modern style home on lakefront lot. Promontory lot facing down the entire length of Canyon Lake.
Was initially listed for sale for $3,950,000 by: Brent Stackhouse of Best Canyon Lake Real Estate. Co-Listed by Mr. Brian Linder of "The Value of Architecture" company. Click on the colored words to be taken to Mr. Linders Site. (Come back, of course)
TYROL DRIVE - LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Good quality Contemporary Style home in the "Top of the World" area of Laguna Beach, CA. Designed by Architect Mark Singer. (Click on his name to go to his site) Mr. Singer has designed several homes in this "Top of the World" area of Laguna Beach and his homes are in demand when they come up for sale.
Excellent open floorplan and use of concrete floors and very large windows to capture the views.