Beverly Hills Mid Century house by Robert Kennard

For the first time since 2001, the iconic Sommers House is back on the market. This Beverly Hills mid century house is an expression of design that was created in 1954 by the renowned architect Robert Kennard. Kennard was a trailblazer in his own right, standing as a towering figure in the second generation of notable African-American architects, drawing significant inspiration from the legendary Paul Williams. Much like Williams, Kennard was a native of Los Angeles and chose this vibrant city as the birthplace of his architectural firm in 1957. Initially, he dabbled in residential design, demonstrating his mastery over form, space and aesthetics in every project he undertook. From the late 50s to the early 60s, Kennard’s creative genius birthed around 40 residences, each one a testament to his stylistic flair for design.

Living room of  the Sommers home, a Beverly Hills mid century house by Robert Kennard.

Meticulously restored by the design firm Marmol Radziner, the home spreads over a generous 3,322 square feet, offering four spacious bedrooms and four luxurious bathrooms. Upon entering, you’re greeted by an open floor plan, the hallmark of Kennard’s design, allowing natural light to flood in through the panels of glass. Wood paneling lines the interior space, lending an unmistakably mid-century feel to the overall design.