Los Angeles Conservancy Award for Neutra’s Hafley House
Congratulations to KSMA and the project team for being recognized with a 2015 Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy for their work on the Olan G. and Aida T. Hafley House! Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. led the project team consisting of Mannigan Design (Contractor), Griswold Conservation Associates, LLC (Architectural Conservator), Structural Focus (Structural Engineer), Barbara Lamprecht, M. Arch (Architectural Historian /Neutra Scholar) and Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture in the restoration this Richard Neutra gem. This residence is a rare example of Neutra’s design in that it features a pitched roof and was designed in tandem with the adjacent Moore House.
The new landscape design creates a seamless relationship between inside and outside, and its simplicity and spareness compliment Neutra’s design. The geometry of the garden echoes the strong horizontal lines of the architecture, and the rough gravel and exposed aggregate hardscape compliment its precision. Sculptural succulents punctuate the ground plane and establish a dialogue with the linearity of the house.
The lawn at the rear of the house is shared visually by both residences. The existing turf was replaced with native Bent Grass, which maintains the historic visual element but is low-maintenance and low-water use. For more information on the Hafley House and its award, click here.
All photographs by John Ellis.