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!
The experimental home where the Neutra family lived in Silver Lake, known as the Van der Leeuw Research House (VDL) in honor of Neutra’s patron, the young Dutch industrialist, Kees van der Leeuw. In the early 1930s, this home was the workshop for such distinguished architects as Gregory Ain, H.H. Harris, and Raphael Soriano all of whom served their architectural apprenticeship under the watchful eye of Richard Neutra.The original house, built in the pure International Style, was partially destroyed by fire in 1963, The present structure was rebuilt by Richard’s son, Dion Neutra on the original footprint. The house was willed by Dionne Niedermann Neutra, to the College of Environmental Design, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), which is charged with its restoration and maintenance, as well as a research center.The VDL Research House is located at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd. in Silver Lake. It was declared an Historic-Cultural Monument in the City of Los Angeles in 1997. (No. 640). To arrange a tour of the Center, call the University at (909) 869-2667.
One of the nine houses comprising the ‘Neutra Colony’ built incrementally between 1948 and 1961. The Sokol house was the first of the group and is distinctively different from the others. It is also one of the largest of the group, being 2382 square feet. The colony was designed as a ‘posturing group’ that is, ‘the grouping of a team in cooperative action, where each individual posture complements the others and no soulless, mere side-by-side prevails.’ The result is a ‘community with a sense of sensual, animated tranquility, of accomplished sophistication rendered simply by mature hands. Each house is unique.’Sokol House is located at 2242 E. Silver Lake Blvd.(Notes taken from ‘NEUTRA: Complete Works’, published by Taschen Press 2000, by Barbara Mac Lamprecht, Peter Goessel, Editor, with Dion Neuta and Julius Shulman)
Built between 1937 and 1939 for Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. McIntosh, this small house has been described as ‘private and secluded’ from the lower street level and ‘open and exhuberant’ from the upper living levels where a wrap-around terrace and walls of glass take advantage of the view to the west and south.With its distinctive redwood siding, The McIntosh House is a departure from the ‘machine’ architecture associated with many of the Silver Lake homes designed by Richard Neutra.
The McIntosh House is located at 1317 Maltman Avenue in Silver Lake. It was built at a cost of $3,800. It is the home of Neutra expert-architect John Bertram, principal of Bertram Architects and his wife, actress-writer Ann Magnuson.
The home is currently owned by Emile Jacobsen, daughter of the Ziskinds, who is in the process of restoring the home. We met at an event sponsored by the Neutra Institute for the Survival through Design, where she invited me to photograph her home. The picture shown is of the central courtyard with statues by Noel Oliver Osheroff and George Meldrum (a disciple of Henry Moore).
The Edwin Loeb Estate is located at 1830 N. Dillon Street.
The Flavins admired the work of the Modernists and tried to buy two other existing Neutra homes first: the Alexander Meltzer House on Murray Drive and later, the Sokol House on East Silver Lake Boulevard. Not succeeding, they hired Neutra to start afresh which turned out to be a good choice. The Flavins were able to get the architect to build a home specifically for their personal needs which included a workshop at the northeast end of the house.A member of the world famous ‘Neutra Colony’ the Flavin House is located at 2218 Neutra Place, between two other Neutras, the Reunion House(residence of the architect’s son and partner, Dion Neutra) and the Ohara House.
The Flavin House was featured in the 2005 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference Tour of Homes and will be featured in the Committee to Save Silver Lake’s Reservoirs’ 2006 Home Tour entitled ‘Silver Lake Modernism- Then & Now’ scheduled for September 30, 2006.