By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo

Original built-in cabinetry by boatbuilder John de la Vaux gives this midcentury Hollywood Hills home a cool nautical vibe.

John Lautner is one of the most famous names in Los Angeles architecture—renowned for iconic structures such as the Chemosphere and the Sheats-Goldstein residence—but he didn’t only design homes with large budgets. In 1954, the Frank Lloyd Wright protégé built a more humble abode for his bookkeeper, Lorena Deutsch, and her husband George, a woodworker and cabinetmaker.

Set in the Hollywood Hills with sweeping views across Los Angeles (including the Hollywood sign), the Deutsch House was completed early in Lautner’s career—yet the home displays many elements that would come to characterize the midcentury architect’s work.

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