New York University, New York, 10003, Stati Uniti
Hangover House, 31172 Ceanothus Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, Stati Uniti
Alban, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur house El Jardin Street (Long Beach, Calif.)
"River Farm House" Navarro River Road (Elk, Calif.)
Cineramic house "Far Star" 31112 Holly Drive (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
"House in Space" 1737 Viewmont Drive (Los Angeles, Calif.)
1631, 1637 and 1639 Viewmont Drive (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Andrews, Maxene studio 1786 Mandeville (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Bly-Blankenship house addition 5320 Spencer Drive S.W. (Roanoke, VA)
Boesen, Mr. and Mrs. Victor house Chattanooga Avenue (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Carroll house remodel 618 North Rodeo Drive (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Cole, Jack house 2118 Kew Drive (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Davidson, Dr. Charles apartment remodel 1155 Park Avenue (New York, NY)
De Thiersaut and Figge, R. house 2640 Bronholly Drive and 2311 Live Oak Drive (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Elkins, Saul house Antello Road (Bel Air, Calif.)
Engstrand, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart house remodel 229 Camden Drive (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Greggory, David house 17014 Rancho Street (Encino, Calif.)
Hofberg, Dr. Gordon house Don Mariano Drive (Baldwin Hills, Calif.)
Kanter, Mr. and Mrs. Hal house remodel 4750 Encino Avenue (Encino, Calif.)
McFrye, Mr. and Mrs. Harry house 3800 San Rafael Avenue (Highland Park, Calif.)
McTernan, John T. and Katherine house 4966 Ambrose Avenue (Los Feliz, Calif.)
Mooney, Paul house 881 South Coast Boulevard (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. house Zorada Drive (Nichols Canyon, Calif.)
Padiman house 939 Stone Canyon Road (Bel Air, Calif.)
Post, Mr. and Mrs. Ted house remodel 442 South Peck Drive (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Robinson, Inez Buck house remodel 1220 Potomac Street (Washington, D.C.)
Sperber, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence house remodel 208 South Peck Drive (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Alexander Levy (1909–1997) and later known as William Alexander, was an American architect who worked principally in Southern California.
Early in his career, he was influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. At New York University's new School of Architecture, he studied under Raymond Bossange and Ely Jacques Kahn. One of his art and clay modeling instructors was sculptor Concetta Scaravaglione.
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYU, New York City
Also at NYU, he had as an instructor of English famed writer Thomas Wolfe, whose The Party at Jack's (UNC-Chapel Hill, 1995, pp. 41–42) shows remarkable writing on architecture, perhaps related to his strong association with the school and its students, whom he considered among his best.
In 1933 or 1934, he worked briefly for skyscraper designer Raymond Hood, who also had been an occasional lecturer at NYU. Renovation of dilapidated structures at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx was Alexander's first commission, one funded by the U.S. government. Other chiefly private client commissions followed. These included interiors for designer Christian Dior, novelist/ travel writer Conrad Bercovicci, and biographer Marcia Davenport.
Alexander is best known for the design and building of Hangover House in Laguna Beach, California, commissioned by travel writer Richard Halliburton in 1937. The house had three bedrooms, one for Halliburton, one for Alexander, and one for Paul Mooney, Halliburton's companion and writing assistant, who collaborated with Halliburton on his later writing projects and who managed construction of the house. In 1937, writer Ayn Rand, then unknown, visited Hangover House and Alexander provided her with quotes for her forthcoming novel The Fountainhead (1943). According to Alexander, Rand's descriptions of the Heller House are thinly disguised references to the house.
Later, Alexander assisted composer Arnold Schoenberg in the redesign of his studio in Brentwood, and also designed a house in Encino for scriptwriter David Greggory. The house in the Hollywood Hills he built for himself he called the House in Space, distinct as an early example in the region of cantilever construction. Alexander also designed wooden furniture and bowls.
Alexander continued to practice architecture and interior design and by 1950 had moved permanently to West Hollywood.
He considered the Hotel Rancho de la Palmilla in Los Cruces (Baja, California), which he designed and built in the 1950s for the son of former Mexican President Abelardo de Rodriguez, his best work.
In 1952, Alexander opened The Mart, one of the first art and antique boutiques in Los Angeles, on Santa Monica Boulevard, operating it until 1977. During this period, he occasionally had bit parts in feature films, notably The Shootist, starring John Wayne, and The McMasters, starring Brock Peters, his sometime business partner at The Mart. A developer of the Hollywood Hills and a philanthropist, Alexander became a patron of the arts and a world traveler.
Alexander's papers are kept at the Architecture and Design Collection, at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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