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New Gehry Residence Part of Conservancy Tour
By Jorge Casuso
October 17, 2018 -- When Frank Gehry built his first Santa Monica home in 1978, an outraged neighbor shot at it one night. Forty years later, his new home in the beach city is part of an architectural tour.
The Santa Monica Conservancy will include the internationally acclaimed architect's new home -- although not the interior -- when it sponsors its walking tour of Adelaide Drive, "Santa Monica's premier street," on October 21.
"Frank Gehry’s second self-designed home in Santa Monica stands in stark contrast among its more traditional neighbors," tour organizers said.
"Replete with the postmodernist’s signature expressions of jutting roof forms, glass walls and exposed framing, the home showcases the deconstructivist style that has made Gehry so famous."
The tour features "breathtaking ocean and hillside vistas," as well as "beautiful Torrey pines and ornate lampposts," as well as two historic houses ("Santa Monica Conservancy Offers Tour of Exclusive Adelaide Drive," Octobeer 9, 2018).
By contrast, Gehry's first self-designed residence preserved the orginal structure, which the then shocking design seemed to inflate into an angular shapes.
The new 7,300-square-foot compound -- which has received surprisingly little attention -- includes a two-story main house powered by an unique sustainable energy system.
The rear complex features "a spa, studio and caretaker's quarters," Conservancy officials said.
Gehry originally had chosen a site in Venice, spurring speculation he was building his "dream house" across the Santa Monica border.
But he abandoned the site, and began designing a second home on Adelaide, where a teardown reportedly sold $7.6 million.
For more information visit http://www.smconservancy.org
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