Posts in category Silver Lake Architecture
Dramatic evening view from the pool.
Interior View, bathed in light and shadow.
Exterior View (rear). This photo demonstrates Kesling’s use of custom, horizontal casement windows, constructed in bands, a classic detail of the Streamline Moderne Style.
Mid-Century gem located in the highlands of Silver Lake, a neighborhood of Los Angeles with a high concentration of noteworthy homes of the period. The house at 1887 Lucile Avenue I would have thought had a distinguished architectural pedigree. A visit to the Records Department at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety proved me wrong. No architect was listed on the original building permit; instead the house was built for a Mr. William Tom by Hilltop Builders, a contracting firm located at 9059 West Sunset Boulevard at an estimated cost of $20,000 in 1962.
The three bedroom, two bath house in 1590 sq. ft. is currently (October 2013) on the market listed for sale at a very reasonable $808,888. I expect it will be gone shortly with multiple offers, given the hoards of people that were at the Open House today.
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Originally a duplex, Schindler’s design evolved into a single family home to fit the owner’s changing circumstances. Sleeping quarters, a studio and library were added above the garage. The overall design reflects Schindler’s late de Stijl influence.
Located at 1805 Maltman Avenue, the home was most recently <i>(Novermber 2009)</i> listed for sale for.$1,095,000. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
Originally a duplex, Schindler’s design evolved into a single family home to fit the owner’s changing circumstances. Sleeping quarters, a studio and library were added above the garage. The overall design reflects Schindler’s late de Stijl influence.Located at 1805 Maltman Avenue, the home is currently on the market for $1,095,000 (November 8, 2009).
Modernist interpretation designed by Architect Roger Sherman, with landscape design by Russ Cletta. The house is currently (October 2011) on the market and listed for sale for $1,650,00.
This project illustrates how a multi-storey, ‘urban house’-type can be linked to its landscape setting in the spirit of the single-story mid-century houses that its owners sought to emulate. The 4-storey, 2-bedroom home is the result of a complete stem-to-stern remodel of an existing 2,500 sf residence, with the aim of opening up access to the exterior, and making it better suited to the unique living arrangements of its owners: the lowest level as a garage; the next as an office with its own entrance; a third as bedroom suite for an adult child; and the top level as a one-bedroom residence for the owners themselves. Access to each separate level is gained from the exterior, through a set of landscapes which climb up along the house on both front and back. Both culminate in a pool/garden at the top level, opened onto by the main living/dining area by means of a telescoping set of glass doors. This facilitates the easy flow of guests between inside and out, as well as natural ventilation, seldom necessitating the use of air conditioning despite the project�s location.
The house is located at 1937 Cedar Lodge Terrace in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The Villa was dedicated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monumnet in 2010 No. 971), located at 2508 Mayberry Street in the Mayberry Heights neighborhood of Silver Lake.
The dramatic parlor/living room of the Villa Palombo-Togneri, complete with hand-painted walls and ceilings and art deco chandelier and wall sconces recalls the glamour of old Hollywood. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, January 27, 2010 (No. 971).
Architectural Historian Helene Demeestere www.HistoricallyCorrect.com contributed generously to the information provided above.
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.
Situated next door to and a built a year before Kesling’s Skinner House. The two houses create a beautiful composition. I passed by there recently after a several days of rain; water had collected in a reflecting pool in the street immediately in front, creating a mirror image.
The Vanderpool House is located at 1536 Easterly Terrace.
Detailed View of the Exterior Front.
Ms. Kuhle�s work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, SOMA, Columbia University Abstract, and SD. Ms. Kuhle taught design studios at UCLA, as well as lectured and juried reviews at SciArc, UCLA, USC and Cornell University. Ms. Kuhle was awarded 1st place for her master plan of a sustainable housing and industrial development in Augsburg, Germany and also won 1st prize for the design of a light rail station in Dortmund, Germany.
Gregory Ain studied architecture at the University of Southern California during the years 1927-28. While the fashion of architectural training of the day was for the ‘beaux arts’, the movement towards modernism was beginning to make its impact at all levels of life, including architecture. These revolutions in our understanding of any human endeavor often have their beginnings on the campuses of the world’s universities. As a youth, Gregory Ain was acquainted with Rudolf Schindler’s Kings Road house, and this ‘new style’ of architecture definitely had an impact upon him.After graduation, Gregory Ain went to work in the office of Richard Neutra in Silver Lake, already established as one of the ‘young lions’ of the emerging modernist movement. Early in his career, Gregory Ain developed an interest In group housing for low and middle income families. In 1937, he began the development of Dunsmuir Flats, which became his signature work, and which through the photography of the great Julius Shulman, established his reputation.
In 1940 Ain received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the development of low-cost housing. One of the most successful schemes was the Avenal Housing Project in Silver Lake, twenty attractive hillside units with private patios and living rooms with views, built for the members of a musician’s union whos members worked in the film industry.
Tierman House, located at 2323 Micheltorena Street in the Moreno Highlands was designated in 1974 by the City of Los Angeles as a Historic Cultural Monument (No. 124) and noted for its ‘architectural simplicity and elegance achieved through relationship between building and site.’
Other Gregory Ain homes in Silver Lake are Daniels House, 1856 Micheltorena Street and Orans House, 2404 Micheltorena Street. There is also an office building located at 2311 Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake which was once the office of Gregory Ain and James Garrott, one of the few African-American architects in practice at the time.