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The house is located at 2033 Redcliff Street in the Moreno Highlands of Silver Lake.
In 2007, the current owners hired architect Thomas Michna to assist in creating a cohesiveness between the original 1956 home and the 1973 addition. They were paid the ultimate compliment by Barton Choy who said, �My father would have loved it.�
The Kawaguchi House is located at in the Primrose Hill section.
One of the most striking and unusual homes in Silver Lake, Architect David Hyun designed his palace-by-the-lake for his personal residence in 1993. The style is reminiscent of the Japanese Village Plaza, David Hyun’s pioneering work that propelled Little Tokyo from an urban slum into a chic inner city success story.
Born in Korea, David is the son of the late, great Rev. Soon Hyun, Korean Patriot. Rev. Hyun was a college student in Korea at a time when Korea was under the dominion of Imperial Japan. In his American history studies, he idealized America in its struggle to gain independence from the British. Rev. Hyun rejected colonialism, adopted Western ideas and converted to Christianity. Within time, he became pastor of the largest Protestant church in Korea. As Sunday School Superintendent for his denomination, he traveled extensively throughout Korea, preaching Christianity and its revolutionary ideas. He encouraged Koreans to reject the serfdom imposed by their Japanese overlords and to seek a new life of freedom. He encouraged his people to adopt Korea’s Declaration of Independence on March 1, 1919, leading to demonstrations throughout Korea in the world’s first non-violent pacifist revolution.
Rev. Hyun continued to lead his people by founding the Republic of Korea, adopting a national constitution and electing a parliament for the provisional government. David Hyun, Soon Hyun’s youngest son, keeps his memory alive with a vast collection of his memoirs and papers in a wing of this large magnificent home overlooking Silver Lake. It is a great story and one that may never be told.
The David Hyun Residence is located at 1954 Redesdale Avenue in Silver Lake. The home showcases a magnificent art collection, memorabilia from ancient Korea incredible views from three levels, over 4,000 sq. feet of living space, and is a treat to visit.
Photo courtesy of Barton Choy.