Born in Rhodes, Greece, Raphael Soriano, (1904-1988) emigrated to the United States in 1924. After attending USC, Mr. Soriano worked briefly for Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler. Soriano’s main design influence was the International Style and the work coming from the European architects.

He was celebrated for the utilization of plywood as a building material – steel and aluminum were also trademarks of his designs. Throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s, he built dozens of modern houses in the Los Angeles area, including Case Study House 1950 in Pacific Palisades, CA and the Julius Shulman house and studio in Los Angeles. Architect Pierre Koenig adapted Soriano’s designs to create both Case Study #21 (the Bailey House) and Case Study #22 (the Stahl House). Soriano also worked with developer Joseph Eichler in the bay area, where in 1955, he designed the first mass produced steel house.

The Gogol House 1939 – Los Feliz Raphael Soriano Modern Home

Los Feliz Raphael Soriano home

Los Feliz Raphael Soriano Gogol House. Soriano was a colleague of both Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler. The Gogol House is a fine example of International, Bauhaus Style of architecture, and one of only 12 buildings that remain from this master.

The home has undergone a meticulous restoration and modernization by its designer owner. A stunning Ernestomeda kitchen features Gaggenau, Miele and Bertazzoni appliances and a custom stainless-steel cooking station with integrated sink and cooktop.

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The Grossman House by Raphael Soriano,
FAIA in Studio City

Designed by prominent architect Raphael Soriano, FAIA, The Grossman House was contracted and finished in 1964.

Mid Century Modern-Studio City

It has since been designated a Cultural Heritage Monument in 1997, this extraordinary mid-century modern ‘house of glass’ has been largely built of steel, aluminum and glass.

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