Lipetz House,1843 Dillon Street, Raphael Soriano 1936

Designed for Helen Lipetz and her husband, Emanuel, the Lipetz House was Soriano’s first residential commission and perhaps his most famous. It created a sensation in Paris where it won the prestigous Prix de Rome in 1937. Elegantly situated on the pinnacle of a hill overlooking Silver Lake on a lot of over 13,000 square feet this Streamline Moderne home was the site of Mrs. Lipetz’s piano recitals with the lake and the San Gabriel Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop for her performances. This view features a lovely reflecting pool mirroring the magnificent panorama above and below.  Lipetz House, 1843 N. Dillon Street, Raphael Soriano, Architect 1936

I had the opportunity to re-visit the famed Lipetz House since I first photographed it in 2003. The Raphael Soriano masterpiece was listed for sale for the first time (March 2006) since 1940, and provided a rare opportunity to see the original interiors.Here we see the famed Music Room that accomodated Mrs. Lipetz’s Bechstein grand piano and the salon that seated up to twenty guests for her recitals.