Great Richard Neutra's masterpiece under threat

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The Chuey house, designed by architect Richard Neutra, may disappear as we know it

In 1956, the Chuey house of glass, concrete and metal was designed by the great Austro-American modernist Richard Joseph Neutra for the poet Josephine Ain Chui and her husband, artist Robert Chui. This house is also famous for a series of photographs taken by the most famous architectural photographer of the mid-20th century, Julius Schulman. After Josephine's death in 2004, her nephews became the owners of the historic building, but in June of this year they filed for bankruptcy.

A plot in the Hollywood Hills, which includes Chuey House, is up for sale for $ 10.5 million, along with two adjacent areas: one overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the other – with no less impressive – at the Griffith Observatory. Sellers describe the 1.5 acres as “the perfect place to develop,” and Chuey’s fate and status are unknown.

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