Saving the unique woodwork was high precedence for Michelle, in addition to preserving the general integrity of the house as a lot as attainable. “That whole entrance space, which is what I keep in mind rising up, is most unique to the home. That’s what hasn’t modified. All the pieces from the desk to the built-in sofas to the sliding glass doorways, that entire part is unique.”
Michelle remembers the house as bursting with love and vitality, as her aunt and uncle’s well-known (and soon-to-be-famous) buddies floated out and in. “The home was simply all the time lively. My Aunt Doris was all the time cooking,” she remembers. “I lived there for a number of years as a youngster, and I’d come house and there could be octopus and issues within the sink. She made all types of dishes. She was all the time throwing events, and we all the time had a home full of individuals.” It was a home stuffed with treasures; Michelle as soon as opened a e book on a whim that was signed by Maya Angelou. One other time, she discovered a bit of memorabilia despatched to the Robinsons from Ike and Tina Turner. “Actors, celebrities, and distinguished individuals locally had been all the time coming by way of. Attorneys, architects, you title it,” she provides.
Marc and Catherine are devoted to preserving the historical past of the house. “A home is all the time extra than simply structure,” Marc says. “It’s the tales and every part that befell in it. I consider how LA, and so many neighborhoods, had all of the racial covenants. It was unreal that the Robinsons had been capable of construct such an exquisite home as this, at the moment and through that local weather.”