Historic Craftsman Home Restored by Philanthropist Howard Rudzki Is Recognized by Highland Park Heritage Trust
Situated on a gently sloping lot in Highland Park is a single family Craftsman home that has been restored back to its former glory by local philanthropist Howard Rudzki. The residence which was built in the early 1900s underwent a year-long top to bottom restoration which included turned what had become a duplex back to a single family home.
“Los Angeles has so many wonderful older properties. Rather than tearing them down or allowing them deteriorate, I believe we have an obligation to care for the rich heritage that we have. Giving a home like this new life not only honors its history but also turns these architectural gems into livable spaces for the next generation of residents,” said Rudzki.
This distinctive Craftsman home beckons visitors onto its large front porch complete with an antique swing and views of the San Gabriel Mountains. The expansive open living area includes intricate artisan woodworking and exposed beam ceilings that display the structural features of the home. A large fireplace anchors the open floor plan and is flanked by high windows and bookcases that serve as a focal point for the room. The home’s original Douglas Fir floors were saved and refinished and all of the doors and windows were custom built with dual-pane glass from the same period that were salvaged from recycling centers throughout Los Angeles.
The house offers three bedrooms each with a walk in closet, an office and two large bathrooms with double sinks, custom wood built-in vanities and claw foot bath tubs. The home’s custom kitchen features Arts and Crafts inspired millwork cabinets that celebrate the spirit of the period, while its Monservatto marble counters and stainless steel appliances unite modernity with the home’s rich past. The large master suite opens onto a private deck in the back yard whose charming landscape takes this home from ordinary to extraordinary.