Do you drive around looking for Modernist houses? Then you’re going to love working as a volunteer USModernist field research agent, finding and photographing La-area houses online and/or in your car for the award-winning nonprofit preservation site USModernist, the largest open digital archive for Modernist houses in the world. We’re looking to complete archives on Los Angeles-based architects Gregory Ain, Craig Ellwood, Raphael Soriano, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Quincy Jones, and more all found here. Field research agents volunteer 3-4 hours every other week. This can be as simple as taking an afternoon to drive around, or a few hours at night to surf the web. Warning: hunting for and researching Modernist houses is seriously addictive, as anyone seriously reading this already knows! Do you have the passion, curiosity, and – be honest – available time? Send an email with your name, phone number, address, and architects you’re most interested in. You’ll have a short interview scheduled within a week. Thanks!
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From the comfort of your laptop, car, or both, be a volunteer USModernist field research agent in Los Angeles. Research Modernist houses online and/or in your car to solve the missing pieces of USModernist, the largest open digital archive for Modernist houses in the world. We’re looking to complete our archives on Los Angeles-based architects Gregory Ain, Craig Ellwood, Raphael Soriano, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Quincy Jones, and more all found here.
Field research agents volunteer about two hours a week, or about four hours every other week. This can be as simple as taking an afternoon to drive around, or a few hours at night to surf the web. Warning: hunting for and researching Modernist houses is seriously addictive, if you’re really into architecture. You’ll work with our chief of research, Catherine Cramer.
Do you have the passion, curiousity, and available time? Send an email with your name, phone number, address, and which architects you’re most interested in. Thanks!
I had the opportunity to visit the Meyers House, situated at 1607 Angelus Avenue in Silver Lake as part of the photography work that I was honored to do for the Committee to Save Silver Lake’s Reservoirs (CSSLR)2006 Home Tour scheduled for September 30, 2006. (See related article in the ‘Community News’ Section of this website). Many of the owners of these fabulous homes were kind enough to give me the opportunity to photograph their interiors.For more information about the architect, Raphael Soriano, please refer to my original notes on the Meyers House (the first entry in the ‘Silver Lake Architecture’ page of this website) and additional notes regarding Soriano’s first commission the ‘Lipetz House’ also featured. For more reading on the architect, the excellent book entitled ‘Raphael Soriano’ by Wolfgang Wagner, makes for enjoyable reading. The Meyers House is also featured in Barbara Bestor’s new book ‘Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake’, published by Regan Books, 2006.
Meyers House, 1607 Angelus Avenue, Raphael Soriano, Architect
This lovely home built in 1938 is a classic example of Soriano’s work. He received his architecture degree from the University of Southern California and worked for both Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra before opening his own practice in 1936. Although he designed 150 and built 38 projects during his career, only a handful survive. He moved to Tiburon, CA in 1953 where he designed and built housing for developer Joseph Eichler as well as the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose.His work is becoming better known since the publication of the book, ‘Raphael Soriano’ by author Wolfgang Wagener. Published by Phaidon, September 2002. Hardcover 224 pages.
*NOTE: There seems to be a bit of confusion about this house. It is listed in ‘An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles’ by David Gebhard & Robert Winter, published by Gibbs Smith, however, the definite book on Soriano’s work, ‘Rapahel Soriano’ by Wolfgang Wagener published by Phaidon Press, lists the Meyers House at 850 Avenue 37 in Los Angeles. Surely there is some explanation for this discrepancy! Did J.A. Meyers have Soriano build two houses for him, one in Silver Lake and one in Eagle Rock? While there is no mention of the Angelus house in Wagener’s book, I was able to obtain a copy of the building permit which verifies the fact that Raphael Soriano did indeed apply for a building permit for 1607 Angelus Avenue for a J.A. Meyers in 1938.
Another view of the interior.
An interior view, demonstrating the intimate relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Designed for Helen Lipetz and her husband, Emanuel, the Lipetz House was Soriano’s first residential commission and perhaps his most famous. It created a sensation in Paris where it won the prestigous Prix de Rome in 1937. Elegantly situated on the pinnacle of a hill overlooking Silver Lake on a lot of over 13,000 square feet this Streamline Moderne home was the site of Mrs. Lipetz’s piano recitals with the lake and the San Gabriel Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop for her performances. This view features a lovely reflecting pool mirroring the magnificent panorama above and below. Lipetz House, 1843 N. Dillon Street, Raphael Soriano, Architect 1936
Architect Raphael Soriano designed the house for attorney Spencer Austrian in 1938. The young attorney wanted a ‘place to relax, sleep and play, and also a rental; the two units to be completely separated and with separate entrances.’
The home featured a French door opening onto a terrace and garden. A door from the living room opened onto a roof deck for outdoor entertaining. The home was built for $5,000, including architect’s fees, built-in bookcases of mahogany and especially designed indirect and direct lighting.