Hassrick Residence: A thoughtful restoration of a modernist gem

The Hassrick residence is one of the few homes on the east coast designed by the iconic midcentury-modern architect, Richard Neutra. The house was originally built in 1958 for the Hassrick family and was one of the most beloved residences of the sixties and seventies, before eventually suffering from neglect. When the current owners, John Houser and George Acosta purchased the house back in 2008, the house was in a horrid state that could’ve come straight out of a horror flick. The doors were unlocked, the windows were broken and all kinds of animals had set up camp inside.

While diving into the residence’s archives at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA the homeowners found hundreds of letters between the Hassricks and Neutra, discussing their wishes for the home. These were used as a guideline to restore the home into its original glory. The residence features many of Neutra’s signatures such as the tongue-and-groove ceilings, the open kitchen, and the commanding fireplace. The house, however, also features some rather unique attributes for a design by Neutra, for example, the use of salmon-colored Bethayers concrete block at the clients’ request.

Photos by: Jim Albert

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