Let’s face it. Every once in a while, we need a little work. Maybe a nip here. A tuck there. Sometimes a total makeover. These five residences in L.A. are all contemporary models for sensitive and sustainable renovation on the east side, ranging from a mid-century home with great bones that just needed a little updating to a home destroyed by fire that required almost a total rebuild. See how these designers approached these challenges to create beautiful, livable spaces spanning Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Los Feliz.

Come see five incredible houses architect-designed homes by award winning local and international firms including Bestor Architecture, Tom Marble, The Los Anegeles Design Group, and Mexico City-based Productora. Join us on this self-guided tour on April 2nd.

Early bird tickets are available for $40 and will go on sale Monday, March 6 at 9:00 am

After March 20, tickets will go up to $50, so be sure to get yours soon!

All proceeds go to fund our series of programming Making LA.

Micallef Residence by The Los Angeles Design Group

This was an extensive renovation of a single family house in Silverlake. A two-story forgotten modern grew into a 2,000 square foot three-story home with an extensive deck. Check out the Marcel Breuer-inspired window in front, permitting a cockeyed glance onto the reservoir.

Nader Residence by Bestor Architecture

A renovation of a 1965 mid-century home in Los Feliz Estates updated many of the materials while keeping the bones of the home intact. Barbara Bestor’s firm reconfigured the space slightly to create a better flow between rooms but maintained a sensitivity to the original structure.

Tattuplex by Tom Marble

When Tim Tattu returned to Los Angeles after becoming a monk at a monastery in Japan, he wanted his new two-bedroom, two-residence to be a site for simple, quiet contemplation. While the design is an explosion of angles and alcoves, many of the smaller spaces in this duplex are built specifically for meditation.


Bennett-Caplowe Residence by Casey Caplowe

Several years ago, GOOD magazine founder Casey Caplowe lost his Echo Park bungalow in a fire. Not to be deterred, Caplowe decided to not only rebuild, but also design his dream home, expanding the original house into a two-story 1,296 square foot home. The master bedroom on the second floor provides expansive views while three decks provide ample outdoor space.


Fleischmann Residence by Productora

A 1920’s bungalow is completely remodeled and complemented by a two stories steel frame in the back. The addition functions as an architectural device that mediates between the landscape and the interior of the existing house. This is the first US-project of the Mexican studio PRODUCTORA, who just won last year’s Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for emerging architects.


Please note our policies for this event

  • You’ll receive an email on Thursday, March 30th with addresses and a map to all locations.
  • Children under 12 are NOT allowed.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes as you may need to walk from street parking a few blocks from the homes. We also highly encourage attendees to rideshare or carpool as the residences span Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Los Feliz.
  • Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible. Some of the houses will require steep stair climbs.
  • All tickets sales are final and no refunds will be given.
  • If tickets are available, you’ll be able to buy them right up until the start of the tour. Simply show your ticket at any house to begin the tour.

We need volunteer docents! Volunteer docents will be assigned a two-hour shift and will receive one free ticket to the tour. Please be willing to commit to a two-hour shift on Saturday, April 2. Docents must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their shift to check in with the Head Docent: Early shift times are approximately 12pm to 2pm, and late shifts will be approximately 2pm to 4pm. Home Tour docents are present inside the homes, making sure visitors are respectful and following the rules outlined in the Home Tour ticket. Sign up below to show your shift preference.