Producer and sports celebrity Steve Tisch recently picked up a fine example of the mid-century modern style in Beverly Hills.
The house was designed by Robert Skinner and built in the early 1960’s. Skinner built many modern-style homes in the Los Angeles area during the decade. The exterior of the home is strident, and evokes civic architecture; its glassy exterior walls give it a sense of transparency and, from within, an optimistic continuation into the outside world. The boundary is pleasingly blurred.
Tisch paid a little over $10 million against a $10.2 million ask; the house is certainly worth it. A 6,314 square-foot time capsule situated in Trousdale Estates, the home presents the eye with a series of mid-century architectural tropes that aggregate into a fairly heady sense of authenticity.
A brick accent wall containing a double-sided fireplace, a simple and entirely unpretentious steel staircase balustrade, and massive steel-framed windows are offset by dark hardwood (oak floors, walnut or oak staircase treads, and redwood accents and outdoor deck), and period-style lighting are a few of the details. The kitchen is striking, with custom hardwood cabinetry, stainless countertops, and mid-blue walls; it is crowned by a very liberating skylight.
The home’s sense of scale is potent, and, typical of the style, living areas are exaggerated in size. But the home does get five bedrooms into its layout, and they each have a private terrace or balcony. Amenities include a home theater, and the property’s nearly one-acre lot size incorporates a pool and lounge with outdoor fireplace.
Beyond his role as the Chairman of the New York Giants, Tisch is a film producer whose recent credits include the remake of ‘The Taking of Pelham 123.’