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Location: Santa Monica, Calif.
The Skinny: In the early 1980s, artist Miriam Wosk—who also created the first Ms. magazine cover—commissioned architect Frank Gehry to design a unique glassy penthouse atop a drab apartment building she owned in Beverly Hills. Known as the Wosk Residence, it was a true collaboration between artist and architect, with Wosk creating designs for the "tile work, stair rails and stained glass." The artist lived in the penthouse until 1998, when a young son prompted a move to this more traditional Mediterranean mansion in Santa Monica. Wosk customized the 7,800-square-foot estate, adding a cavernous studio and personalized touches, like the oh-so-very Gehry-style swooping banisters on the central stair. Wosk passed away in 2010, and now the artsy mansion has been listed for $12.5M.
· 436 Adelaide Dr [Zillow]
· BuildingSpotter: The Wosk Residence [Curbed LA]
· Miriam Wosk dies at 63; illustrator and mixed-media artist [Los Angeles Times]