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FRANKLIN DAVID ISRAEL (1945-1996)

Israel was born in Brooklyn NY and grew up in Elizabeth NJ. At the University of Pennsylvania, Israel soon switched from a philosophy major to study architecture with Louis Kahn and build models part time in Kahn’s studio. Israel did postgraduate study at Yale University and received a master’s in architecture at Columbia University.

In 1973, he won the Rome Prize in Architecture for two years of study at the American Academy in the Italian capital. He began a 20-year teaching stint at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning.  He designed sets at Paramount and worked with French film director Roger Vadim, meeting industry notables such as Robert Altman and Joel Grey, who later hired him to design homes.  Israel later set up his Franklin D. Israel Design Associates in Beverly Hills and began to design vast homes around the world, as well as recent, larger projects such as the UCLA Southern Regional Library and UC Riverside arts school. Israel, who had AIDS and Kaposi’s sarcoma for six years, died of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Frank Gehry, a mentor of Israel’s who both influenced and admired the younger designer, said: “Frank Israel was a brilliance in our lives. He made beautiful spaces. I loved him and will think of him a lot.”  The architect's companion was Tomas Hasse.  Bio adapted from the New York Times obituary. Research by Catherine Westergaard Cramer.  His archives are at the Getty in Los Angeles.


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1972 - The Phillip and Ida Snell House, 71 Jacqueline Drive, Amagansett NY. Israel's first commission.  Renovated poorly over the years.  Sold in 2014 to Joseph Bradley and Valentina Akerman and properly restored by Wythe Architects. Bottom photo by Devon Banks. Sold in 2020 to Stewart Leitch and Ana Mijich.


Around 1972 - 10909 Savona Road, Los Angeles CA. 1/3 acre, 5300 sf. Renovated by Charles Bernstein with construction by Gordon Gibson. Sold in 2019 to Jeiho Lee Company Trust and the Lee Family Trust.


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1978 - aka Bamboo Bungalow, Manila, Philippines. Unbuilt.

1980 - The Charles and Hilary Clark House, Hollywood CA. Unbuilt. Was to be built adjacent to Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House.


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1980 - aka Bellisle Ranch House, Santa Barbara CA. Unbuilt.  Plans are at the Getty.


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1982 - The Gordon House, Pacific Palisades CA. Status unknown.


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1982 - The Sabatino House, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1984 - aka Arrow House, Lake Arrowhead CA. Unbuilt.


1984 - The Carolyn Lisenby Kiefer Renovation, 15323 Bestor Boulevard, Pacific Palisades CA 90272


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1984 - The Krost Remodel, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1984 - The Houseman House, Brentwood, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1984 - aka Wilshire Boulevard Apartment, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1985 - The Cassidy Cabin, Frazier Park CA.  Status unknown.


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1985 - The Comegys House, Bel Air, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1985 - The Semel House, Malibu CA.  Status unknown.


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1985 - The Jules Stein Remodel, aka the Niblo House, 1330 Angelo Drive, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1927, designed by Wallace Neff. Sold in 1986 to Rupert Murdoch.  Status unknown.


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1986 - The Forman and Hyde House, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1986 - The Kurfirst Apartment, New York NY.  Status unknown.


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1986 - The Lerner and Wilder Project, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1986 - The Frischer House, Venice CA.  Status unknown.


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1986 - The John Rich Renovation, 1575 Carla Ridge, Beverly Hills CA. Original house 1961.  Sold around 2005 to Jane Fonda and Richard Perry. For sale in 2017.


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1987 - The Andrea Rich Apartment, Westwood CA.  Status unknown.  She was President of LACMA.


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1987 - The Andrea Rich Beach House, 2014 The Strand, Hermosa Beach CA. Andrea L. Rich was the President and CEO of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1995-1999); then President, CEO, and Director from 1999 to her retirement in 2005. Sold in 2007 to David Sullivan. Sold in 2008 to Shanghai Strand, LLC (Bo Chen).


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1987 - The Harris House, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1987 - The Simon House, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


 

1988 - The Robert Altman Condominium Remodel and Interior Design, Malibu CA.


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1988 - The Frank Israel House, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.

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Year unknown - The Michael Woo Pavilion, 2077 Balmer Drive, Los Angeles CA.


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1988 - The Klein House, Bel Air, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1988 - The Michelle Lamy and Richard Newton Pavilion Addition, 620 North Cherokee Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2012 to Tongkun and Soktae Kim.


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1989 - The Randell and Diane Roberts Remodel, 3081 Lake Hollywood Drive, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1936. Sold in 2012 to Anne Russell Arons and Mark Setrakian.


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1989 - The Marissa Arango and Bill Berry Remodel and Addition, aka Arango Berry, 1360 Summitridge Place, Beverly Hills CA. Original bungalow built in the 1950s. Israel designed a master bath and extended the study in 1989, for which Iverson was the contractor; a 3-story addition and stairway with four bedrooms, a playroom, and deck in 1992; and an addition to the kitchen and dining room and remodel in 1993, for which Carl Audia was the contractor. Featured in the AIA Journal, March 1990. Sold to 1360 Summitridge RS, LLC c/o Dennis Wong. Top photo by Michael Locke.


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1989 - The Gerber House, Westwood CA. Unbuilt.


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1990 - The Jeff Fiskin and Denise Worrel Remodel, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1990 - The Borman House. Designed by Frank Gehry. Interiors only.


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1991 - The Howard Goldberg and James and Linda Bean Remodel, 2029 Castilian Drive, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1950. Remodel included a new entry and master bedroom/bath addition plus a kitchen and bathroom renovation. Featured in Architectural Record Houses 1994. Sold to Theodore Firestone. Photo, top, by Michael Locke.


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1991 - The Isenberg House, Montecito CA. Unbuilt.

1991 - The Kaplan Houses, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.


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1991 - The Maslon House Interiors, Venice CA.  Status unknown.


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1991 - The Morton House.  Status unknown.


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1991 - The Raznick House, Hollywood Hills CA. Unbuilt.


1991 - The John Tesh House, Mar Vista CA. Unbuilt. This model is now at the Getty.


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1992 - The Sydney and Susan Baldwin House, Venice CA. Unbuilt.


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1992 - The Sharon Drager House, 160 Vicente Road, Berkeley CA. 4500 sf, 3-level house, with 6 bathrooms and a maid's suite. Featured in 1995 Architectural Record Houses. Featured in GA Houses 46.


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1992 - The Hague 1, aka Spartan, Den Haag Netherlands. Five separate levels, 1800 sf. One of eight detached garden houses to be built in suburban Hague. Other architects were involved in separate builds including Steven Holl and Hariri and Hariri.  Status unknown.


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1992 - The Sigurjon and Sigidur Sighvatsson Remodel, 736 El Medio, Pacific Palisades CA. Sold in 1999 to Robert Lemelson.  Status unknown.


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1992 - The Steinberg House, Beverly Hills CA.   Status unknown.


1993 - The Arie and Rebecka Belldegrun Home Office, Bonhill Street, Los Angeles CA. Sold around 2003.


1993 - The Michael and Cecilia Dan House, 22540 Carbon Mesa Road, Malibu CA. Landscape design, Jay Griffiths. Completed by Steven Shortridge who ran Israel's office after his death.  Sold in 2022 to Lysan Properties.


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1993 - The Gold House, Bel Air, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


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1994 - The Joel Grey (aka Joel David Katz) House Remodel, 9119 Thrasher Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Original house built around 1957. Sold in 1999 to George Klein. Sold in 2013 to Craig and Jody Ann Newman. Sold in 2017 to Clifford Ying Chen. Top photo by Michael Locke.


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1994 - The Fred Hochberg and Thomas Healy House, Miami Beach FL.  Possibly sold around 2000.  Status unknown.


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1994 - The Allan Arkush House, Studio City CA. Sold.  Status unknown.


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1995 - The Garfield House, Los Angeles CA.  Status unknown.


1995 - The Wesley and Maria Strick Addition, 7157 La Presa Drive, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1938. Still owners as of 2020.


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1995 - The John Hevans House. Designed with C. W. Wong.  Status unknown.


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1995 - The Gerald and Doreen Rochman House, 17630 Tramonto Drive, Pacific Palisades CA. Original 2-story ranch house built in the 1950s. Barbara Callas took over the project after Israel's death. Transferred to family trust in 2012.


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Around 1996 - aka 542 House Remodel, 542 Altair Place, Venice CA. Original house built in 1934. Sold in 1996 to Steven Shortridge, an architect in Israel's office, who is listed as a co-architect along with Barbara Callas. Sold in 2013 to Aaron Stern. In 2014 Stern added a second story addition independent of the existing residence connected by an interior stair designed by Steven Shortridge. Photo by Michael Locke.


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1996 - The Arie and Rebecka Belldegrun Apartment Renovation, Tel Aviv, Israel. Project taken over by Steve Shortbridge when Frank Israel died. 


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1997 - The Jack Friedland House, 186 Spyglass Lane, Jupiter FL. Commissioned in 1994. Deeded to heirs. Sold in 2022 to Edward Reed Mack III.


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Year unknown - The Joel Grey House Remodel II, 1429 Cabrillo Avenue, Venice CA. Original house built in 1922 was a 550 sf cottage with 1 bedroom and 1 bath. Sold to Jeremy Palmer. Sold to James Hanks and Karen Praxel. Sold in 2014 to William and Jacqueline Hilary. Sold in 2018 to Kanae Koh.


1991 - The Frederick (Fred) R. Weisman Annex, Los Angeles CA. Open to the public.


Year unknown - 16641 Marquez Terrace, Pacific Palisades CA.  Original house 1952. Sold in 2022.


Sources include Franklin D. Israel by Frank O. Gehry; Franklin D. Israel, edited by Pamela Johnston and Maggie Toy; the Franklin D. Israel Papers at the Getty; "After the Torch Has Passed," New York Times, October 9, 1997.