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In case you missed it: the Pasinetti house in the hills

January 26, 2010 | 12:14 pm

A year ago we profiled the 1958 Pasinetti house, a relatively small but intriguing house by architect Haralamb Georgescu . As writer Jeffrey Head explained:

Before he fled Communist rule in Romania and immigrated to the U.S. in 1947, Georgescu had a successful career in his native country; today many of his modernist buildings in Bucharest are landmarks, and the architect is considered one of Romania's most important. ... An architecture museum under construction in Bucharest is to be co-named after Georgescu and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Georgescu's Pasinetti house in Beverly Hills was originally featured in the influential Arts & Architecture magazine 50 years ago, but the house fell into obscurity. It was put up for sale as a tear-down and marketed with plans for a large Tuscan house when real estate developer Tim Braseth came upon the property in 2007.

"When I first walked into the house, it struck me as something unique and very, very special. It took my breath away," says Braseth, who knew nothing of the home's provenance but was impressed by the effect Georgescu had achieved -- "the allocation of space, the distribution of light and the use of textures and materials."

If you missed our story, including details on the house's history as a party place, check it out. And, of course, here's a guided tour via our photo gallery.

-- Craig Nakano

Photos by Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times