Here’s a story of a home that’s truly a labor of love.
Manola Court (also known as the Sachs Apartments) is a 16-unit residence designed by one of the forefathers of Modern architecture, R.M. Schindler. In 2013, it was purchased by Paul Finegold and his wife, Gitu Bhavnani, who tasked architects and friends Tash Rahbar and Scott Strumwasser, of Enclosures Architects, with updating the building with modern conveniences while honoring and restoring Schindler’s original vision.
Phase 1 of the project, which involved the restoration of five apartments, began in 2015. Tragically, a couple years later, Bhavnani passed away from TEMPI Syndrome, a rare blood disorder. Finegold grieved. Then he got to work honoring her life; he decided to turn one of the apartments into a rental for short-term stays, the proceeds from which would go toward research on the disease that cut her life short. His nonprofit Live to Give LA, a “stay by donation” model, has already raised $15,000 since accepting reservations in February.
Guests, many of whom are architecture enthusiasts, have found unexpected meaning in their stays there. “Guest usually say how honored they feel to be able to contribute to such a lovely and personal cause. Their comments truly warm my soul and bring tears to my eyes,” says Finegold.