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One more postcard – Bob Hope’s house then and now

Have you ever said to yourself, I want a house that resembles a volcano? Bob Hope did.

Fast stats:

  • Original owners: Bob and Dolores Hope
  • Architect: John Lautner
  • Architectural vision: a modernist volcano
  • Constructed: 1973-1980 (burned down once during construction)
  • Size: 23,366 square feet
  • Feb, 2013 asking price: USD$50 M
  • Dec, 2014 asking price: USD$25 M
  • Nov, 2016 selling price: USD $13 M

What I love about this card is how the mountains look as though they’ve been trimmed with children’s scissors.

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How does it look now?

It’s still an architectural wonder. The red roof has been replaced with a more subdued slate grey so now it’s more space ship than volcano.

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Unmodified photo by @BackstageGabe. Avaliable via Creative Commons licence 2.0 at Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/backstagegabe/17397375185.

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