LA Adventure Specialist - 6:00 22 January 2010

Lovell Health House

The Lovell House or Lovell Health House is a modern residence designed and built by Richard Neutra between 1927-29. The home, located at 4616 Dundee Drive in Los Angeles, California, was built for the physician and naturopath Philip Lovell. It is considered a major monument in architectural history, and was a turning point in Neutra’s career.

It is often described as the first steel frame house in the United States, and also an early example of the use of gunite (sprayed-on concrete). Neutra was familiar with steel construction due to his earlier work with the Chicago firm Holabird & Roche. Neutra served as the contractor for the project in order to manage the cost and quality.

Philip Lovell was enchanted with the house and praised his architect publicly. Lovell had previously commissioned architect Rudolf Schindler to build the landmark Lovell Beach House in 1926. Neutra and Schindler were contemporaries in Europe and the Neutras lived with the Schindlers when they first settled in LA in 1925. Dr. Lovell chose Neutra instead of Schindler to build his LA home while they were living under the same roof. Neutra was known for his relationships with his clients–he thought of himself as a therapist and the client his patient. He spent time getting to know his clients and analyzed their needs.  Request to see this home on private LA guided tours because, the Lovell House was added to the list of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles in 1971. The Lovell Health House was used as the home of the character Pierce Patchett in L.A. Confidential.

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