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!
Meyers House, 1607 Angelus Avenue, Raphael Soriano, Architect
*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.
Here we see the Music Room from the exterior. Note the Streamline Moderne detail of the iron pipe railing following the curve of the structure. The Music Room was the focal point of the house, and commanded a view of Silver Lake reservoir and the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.
Lipetz House, 1843 N. Dillon Street, Raphael Soriano, Architect 1936
The Lipetz House is located at 1843 N. Dillon Street. In April 2007, it was undergoing substantial renovation.
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.
This property is spectacularly situated with unobstructed views of downtown Los Angeles. It shows the influence of Richard Neutra, for whom Soriano apprenticed without pay for several months.
Architect Chris Salay, with his wife Stephanie, purchased the property in 2004 for their personal residence. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath home most recently (May 2015 for $1,455,000 and was described in the listing as “redefined work of art situated in a prime section of the Silver Lake hills moments from the reservoir, restaurants, coffee shops, and hiking trails. Views of downtown compliment this modern setting and open floor plan. Beautifully landscaped yard with terraced gardens, privacy, and spa create a tranquil outdoor experience. A true masterpiece that remains an important piece of Silver Lake’s rich mid-century history.” The Austrian House is located at 3056 Landa St.