Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

How far would you go to get things back the way they were? This trio went very, very far indeed. 

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Mary McVean
Published: 21 November 2014, Los Angeles Times

Owner Gerald Casale watches the sunset from the top-floor patio of a Richard Neutra house originally designed for journalist Josef Kun. Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.
Musician Gerald Casale knows the value of a second chance.

A founding member of the new wave band Devo, he had planned to buy Richard Neutra's Kun House nearly 30 years ago. "I had been a fan of Neutra since graduating from Kent State University, and I was going to buy [the Kun House] in 1985 for $250,000, and Devo lost their deal with Warner Brothers before it went into escrow," leaving him without enough funds, says Casale.

About seven years ago, Casale got his second chance. He now owns the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home. He, modernist preservationist and artist James Rega and designer and researcher Christopher Steele have been creating a time warp at the 3½-story house perched on the rock face of Nichols Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. [read more]


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