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The man who torn the landmark ordered to build a copy



A man who illegally tore a San Francisco house designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra, was ordered this week to rebuild it just as it was.

The City Planning Commission also ordered Ross Johnston to add a sidewalk plaque that tells the entire saga of the house's origin in the 1930s, demolition and replication.

It is not known if he will follow. A conversation and e-mail seeking comments from Johnston's lawyer has not been returned.

Johnston had only been granted permission to rebuild the two-story house he bought for 1.7 million dollars in 2017 with a design that had largely kept the first floor intact, San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Instead, everything other than the garage door and the frame of the house were turned down.

Johnston later sought a retroactive demolition permit and asked to build a new three-story house that would expand size from 1

300 to nearly 4,000 square feet.

Johnston said he wanted to move his family at six to the bigger home.

"I've been stuck in limbo for over a year." He told seven members.

His lawyer Justin Zucker claimed that the historic value of the house had been wiped over time due to a 1968 fire and a series of remedies in the 1980s and 1990s.

The twin Peaks house, known as architectural ecture buffs like Largent House, was the first architectural project of the Austrian architect in San Francisco.

Planning Commissioner Kathrin Moore said she is sure that a replica can be "beautifully done in a manner that would be in line with the original expression of the home."


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