We hear from the LA Times that restoration architect Martin Eli Weil has passed. Weil was found dead in his home on Tuesday and is believed to have died from a heart attack. He was 68.
Weil was a founding member of the L.A. Conservancy, an architectural preservation organization started in 1978 as part of an effort to prevent the demolition of the LA Central Library downtown. He supervised the meticulous restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Storer House alongside the famous architect’s grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright. The Storer House is considered to be the best-preserved of Wright’s designs in Los Angeles. Lauren Schlau, a friend of Weils and former president of the West Adams Heritage Association, tells the LAT, “This is a big loss for the preservation community.” We’ve had enough arguments with snotty New Yorkers about the merits of historic L.A. architecture to know just how true that is.
The restored Storer House in the Hollywood Hills: