Okay, not really, but we wanted to stick with the Halloween theme. In reality, it’s the non-scary Kaufmann House designed by Richard Neutra in the desert (but not deserted) town of Palm Springs that’s for sale. And it is being abandoned by its divorcing owners, Brent Harris, and the architectural historian Beth Edwards Harris, who will auction the house off at Christie’s in May.
The Harrises were the same residents who commissioned Marmol Radziner for the house’s massive restoration project to return it back to its original Julius Shulman-worthy glory:
When Brent and Beth Harris first saw the Kaufmann House, it was neither a pretty palace nor an obvious candidate for restoration. Strikingly photographed in 1947 by Julius Shulman, it stood vacant for several years after Kaufmann’s death in 1955. Then it went through a series of owners, including the singer Barry Manilow, and a series of renovations. Along the way, a light-disseminating patio was enclosed, one wall was broken through for the addition of a media room, the sleek roof lines were interrupted with air-conditioning units, and some bedrooms were wallpapered in delicate floral prints.
Now that’s scary.