Great Richard Neutra's masterpiece under threat


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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