Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in one of Los Angeles’ many historical monuments? Well now the possibility is available. A building known formerly as the Ruskin Art Clubhouse recently hit the market for $2.395 million. The building is on the official register of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, however after more than a few years of neglect, the 92-year-old home is seeking a new owner and a new outlook on life in Los Angeles.
The property was originally listed earlier in the year for $1.249 million, however when it was discovered that the property was in dire need of some care historic renovator Scott Lander stepped in to make the necessary changes to the property. The award-winning renovator was able to use his expertise in Los Angeles Real Estate and a knowledge of historic architecture to rehab the home back to fine form.
Although the original listing photos revealed a home that needed a little rehabbing but still held a lot of potential, Lander reported to Curbed Los Angeles that the home was in a bit worse shape that originally thought. However, Lander and his team were able to gather from experience in restoring historic properties throughout Southern California such as a classic property in Pasadena known as Thomson Residence, for which Lander was awarded the Preservation Award for Restoration from the city of Pasadena.
History of Ruskin Art Clubhouse
Prior to becoming a refuge for some of the leading intellectuals on art, literature and philosophy in Los Angeles, the property at 800 S. Plymouth Road was a site devoted to a different kind of theology. The home was built in 1922, designed by prominent local architect Frank Meline. The Spanish Colonial was originally owned by a local church, operating at first as a Sunday school room and later as a parish house.
In the mid-1920s, the Ruskin Art Club staked its claim to the property. The organization, which was founded in 1888 by a group of prominent women in Los Angeles, operated as a social gathering place where forward-thinking artists, writers, philosophers and other like-minded individuals could come and discuss their love for art and culture.
The club was rather exclusive to members of high-society, however it worked to give back to the community it so lovingly sought to upkeep. The Ruskin Art Club has raised untold sums of money for local museums, exhibitions, study programs and public art programs, which have helped to establish Los Angeles as a world-power in art and culture. In 1997, the home was declared a historic monument for the city of Los Angeles.
The home itself is a work of art. The 3,351-square-foot house includes three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a guesthouse with an additional bedroom and bathroom. The home curves around a central courtyard replete with a fountain. The exposed wood beams in the living room add to the historic drama of the home.
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