November 14th, 2007

Roman

An article on a dedicated home owner

Michael LaFetra owns several Lautner homes, as noted in this article. He's right that they become endangered when people with no sense try to remodel them. He's one of the good ones. I have been lucky to meet three other "good ones" in recent years: people who love these spaces and know what they need to do to remove the damage inflicted by others. Who also have the money to complete the task.  Find the original article here.
The New York Times
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October 7, 2007

Safe Houses

Michael LaFetra cringed every time he heard about another iconic Los Angeles house crumbling under the wrecking ball. Two by R. M. Schindler — gone. A Richard Neutra — dust. Just as bad were the ones left standing. They had to suffer the indignities of master-suite additions, reconfigured floor plans, buffed-out kitchens with granite countertops and industrial-size appliances. The trend was disturbing enough to spur the 40-year-old film producer into action. The only way to save these houses, LaFetra reasoned, was to buy them.


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