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Studio City MCM Mystery Solved!

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 13, 2012 01:05 AM
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by Eric last modified Jun 12, 2012

Melissa Grasser and David Erickson took up the challenge of trying to figure out what architect was behind the lovely little MCM post & beam home for sale in Los Angeles we posted about today. Turns out their super sleuthing uncovered some intriguing information. Find out the details after the jump... Melissa writes: "PrairieMod really shouldn't lob out there requests for research. I'm going to get fired from my day job one of these days....




 

 

6a00d8341bf72a53ef01676766e6dd970b-800wiMelissa Grasser and David Erickson took up the challenge of trying to figure out what architect was behind the lovely little MCM post & beam home for sale in Los Angeles we posted about today. Turns out their super sleuthing uncovered some intriguing information. Find out the details after the jump...

Melissa writes:

"PrairieMod really shouldn't lob out there requests for research. I'm going to get fired from my day job one of these days. ;) I usually have to refrain from jumping on researching some posts but today's intrigued me. Now I wish I could just do this for my day job and actually making a living off of it.
 
12012 Pacoima Court
Studio City, LA
 
I know it was built by William Alexander. However I can't verify that he is the architect as well. Could he be one in the same as this William Alexander? It seems plausible.

I found an article referencing him in it in conjunction with the theft of some dishwashers from the property in 1956. It said he was the builder. If the owner/architect/builder is one in the same as you referenced then this is our guy.
 
I wasn't satisfied with that...so I did more digging. Turns out the home was once owned by one Ruth K Underwood. She was a musician who was married to another musician (Ian). They were both in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention group. We hunted her down. My partner in crime, Dave Erickson, called. She picked up once she heard him babbling about the house. She LOVED it. The only name she could remember is....William Alexander....she said he built it. She really hopes whoever buys it takes care of it and doesn't do anything awful to it. Hope this helps."

It definitely does--great work Melissa and Dave! Just goes to show PrairieMod readers are the best!

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