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Sometimes, what's even better than beautiful architecture is beautiful architecture brought back to life by people who truly care. Case Study architect Edward Killingsworth’s masterpiece, the 1957 Opdahl House, fell into ruin, but thanks to a musician with a passion for modernism, it is celebrating its 50th anniversary in mint condition.
This cool pad is located on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California and the current owner is DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens who had a passion for bringing this home back to life. In addition to furnishing his own home, Stevens started a side career flipping pieces found buried at far-flung Salvation Army stores.
Stevens received the help of original owners Joyce and Richard Opdahl and Killingsworth to help guide him along the way. Old family photos provided unpublished views of the home and gave Stevens the clues he needed to bring the house back to its exact original state.
“I gave up my regular life for a couple of years,” Stevens says. In addition to refurbishing the structure, he went to extreme lengths to find original fixtures and match finished surfaces. He also tried to furnish the home according to the old family photos, but still keeping it his own and making sure he was comfortable living there.
Not only is the two-story space with balconied bedrooms a beautiful sight to see, but it's also helping Stevens complete his current album. He points out the similarities between recording in the Opdahl home to that in which Rudy Van Gelder recorded Blue Note’s classic albums.
Killingsworth said, “The most flattering thing an owner can say about one of my buildings is, ‘It’s my building, I did all this myself; the architects only translated my thoughts.’ The Opdahl House truly has become Stevens’s building.
Case Study Architecture: Opdahl House
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