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BARBARA BESTOR, FAIA (1966-)

Bestor grew up in Cambridge MA, the daughter of an anthropologist and a college administrator. She interned for Cambridge Seven Associates through college, with a study-abroad year at the London Architectural Association, eventually graduating from Harvard in 1987. She then received a Masters in Architecture from SCIARC in 1992 and opened her practice that same year. She taught at Harvard, UCLA, and Woodbury University School of Architecture where she is Executive Director of the Julius Shulman Institute. She curated a 2017 exhibition on Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Besides new houses, she also specializes in restoring classic mid-century homes like the Salkin and Silvertop houses by John Lautner.  She is the author of Barbara Bestor, Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake. Bio adapted from Wikipedia.


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1999 - The Barbara Bestor Renovation, aka Show House, Echo Park, Los Angeles CA. Built by Monte Ross.


Year Unknown - aka Altadena House Renovation. Original house 1930's.  Interiors, Amy Sklar. Status unknown.


2004 - aka Altadena House Addition, 1533 East Altadena, Alta Dena CA. Original house 1950 designed by Caspar Ehmcke. Sold in 2009 to Jimmy Chen.


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2003 - The Gregory and Edith Wong Residence, 2523 Silver Ridge Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Photos by Michael Locke.


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2006 - The Michael Ferris House, 2312 Baxter Street, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2007 to Callum Greene. Sold in 2015 to actor Mark Duplass and his wife, actor Katie Aselton. Bottom photo by Michael Locke. Sold in 2021.


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2006 - The Alex McDowell and Kirsten Everberg House, 2288 Earl Street, Los Angeles CA. Built by Jonsson Design. Photo by Michael Locke.


2007 - The Eric Grunwald House, aka the Surf Shack, Santa Barbara CA. Status unknown.


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2007 - The Barbara Bestor House, aka the Glendower Residence, 2612 Glendower Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Located on a hillside lot below the 1924 Ennis House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Renovated in 2009. Sold in 2010 to Heidi Raydor. Photos by Michael Locke.


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2007 - The David Balk and Lenore Zerman House, 8925 Wonderland Park Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Photos by Michael Locke.


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2009 - The Eric Grunbaum House, aka Floating Bungalow, 853 Marco Place, Venice Beach CA. Glenn Lyons Construction was the builder. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.


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2012 - The Christina Liao House, aka Toro Canyon House, 3660 Toro Canyon Park Road, Santa Barbara CA. 160 acres. Sold in 2016 to Cielo Azul Tcp, LLC (William Sargent).


 2013 - The Alex McDowell and Kirsten Everberg House, aka the House Over a Wall, 2288 Earl Street, Los Angeles CA.


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2014 - The Andrew Morrison House, 4163 Ranons Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Photos by Michael Locke.


2014 - The Christopher and Michelle Carlson Renovation, 2736 Laurel Pass, Los Angeles CA. Original house 1961. Sold in 2016 to Michael Ullman and the Zooks Trust.


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Around 2014 - The Todd Phillips Renovation, 1506 Allison Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2021 to Anna Furman.


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2015 - The Blackbirds, Echo Park, Los Angeles CA. 18 houses on 0.82 acres, 2-3 bedroom, 1900 sf. Landscape design by Mia Lehrer and Associates. Built by Pacific Empire Builders. Example house: 2022 Blackbirds Way.


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2015 - aka Ojai Renovation, Ojai CA. Located in the Arbolada neighborhood. Status unknown.


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2015 - The Grey Gardens, Los Angeles CA. A 2-story, 32-unit senior living development. Assumed unbuilt.


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2015 - The Michael Diamond Renovations, aka Malibu House, Point Dume, Malibu CA. A renovation of several run-down buildings.  Featured in Architectural Digest in 2017.


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2015 - The Michelle Nader Remodel, 5266 Los Caballeros Way, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1965. Gordon Group Associates was the builder. Photos by Michael Locke.


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2016 - The John Dolan and Sarah Lambert Addition and Remodel, 3860 Sunswept Drive, Studio City CA. Original 1940s ranch house (bottom photo).


2016 - The Dan Kugle Renovation, 1935 Mayview Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2018 to Chay Thomas Lapin. Sold in 2020 to Joseph Epstein.


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2018 - The Doug Zell Renovation, aka the Cambridge Renovation, 17 Vineyard Street, Cambridge MA. The only house in Cambridge by Bestor; remodel of an 1800s house. Sold in 2020 to Catherine Cincotta.


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2019 - The Ben and Meaghan Farver House, aka the Bend House, 61656 Rowallan Court, Bend OR.


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2019 - aka Hancock Park Renovation, Hancock Park CA. Original house 1920's. Interior design, Ondine Karady and Susan Davis Taylor.


2020 - The Suzanne Sumbrunnen House, aka Palisades House, 533 Lombard Street, Pacific Palisades CA.


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2020 – The Melina Polly House, aka the Superba House, 906 Superba Avenue, Venice CA. Original house 1925, first photo.


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2020 – The Tony Ishizaki Renovation, aka Church Street Renovation, 1111 Church Street, Pasadena CA. Photos by Yoshihiro Makino. Sold in 2018 to Jordan Corngold.


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2021 - The Frogtown Foursquare Low Rise, Los Angeles CA. Designed with collaborators SALT and was awarded second place in the City of Los Angeles' Low Rise Competition. Unbuilt.


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2021 - The William and Annie Macomber House, aka the House Stepping Down a Hill, 1855 North Dillon Street, Los Angeles CA. Next door to the 1936 Lipetz House by Raphael Soriano and owned by the same family, who use the Soriano house as a guesthouse. 3552 sf.


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2021 - The Narrows Project, San Fernando Road, Los Angeles CA. A new model for housing in Los Angeles that proposes dense and diverse new city blocks to replace underused industrial zones. Unbuilt.