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.
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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.
There is a excellent book on William Kesling entitlted: ‘Kesling Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California’ that makes for fascinating reading. The book chronicles the man and his work, beginning in Los Angeles in the 1930’s his downfall and fall from grace, and his later re-emergence in San Diego during World War II where he experienced a new appreciation for his talents.
‘Kesling Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California 1943-1962’ by Patrick Pascal, with photographs by Julius Shulman and David Sadofski, Balcony Press, Publisher, 2002.
Note the curving balconies and roof lines characteristic of Kesling’s preferred California Streamline Moderne design. A long, wrap-around window gives a sense of space and light. To the right is an eight-faceted master bedroom which enjoys the same magnificent canyon view.
Kesling’s Model Home is located at 1519 Easterly Terrace.
The Collins House is located at 1709 Silverwood Terrace.
To learn more about the remarkable architecture and personality of William Kesling, there is a very fine book published by Balcony Press entitled: ‘Kesling’s Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California 1934-1962’, by Patrick Pascal, with photographs by Julius Shulman and David Sadofsky.
Update: The house recently (November 2012) came on the market offered for sale at $1,199,000. Described in the listing as ‘one of only a handful of Silver Lake houses by William Kesling, the Collins House, expresses the Streamline Moderne form, symbolizing the machine age optimism of the 1930’s. The rounded geometries of the facade continue in the horizontal bands of windows, in the curved interior magnesite staircase, and even in the curve of the exterior handrail approach, all classic elements of the style. The dramatic views of the Silver Lake Reservoir and the mountains beyond are visible through the light filled main living spaces as well as Kesling’s four vertical floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom. The den could easily be converted to a third bedroom. The house was expanded to include a 3rd-story office, also designed to maximize the picturesque views of Silver Lake.’
Completed in 1937, after Kesling’s arrest but before his plea, the Adams House exhibits Kesling’s mastery of the Streamline Moderne style adapted to a steep, down slope lot on a narrow street with no sidewalks.
The house is the only one of Kesling’s Streamline Moderne homes for which the original Kesling floor plans survive. The house recently (April 2011) came on the market. The house has three bedrooms and one bath in 1397 sq. feet. I will be checking it out tomorrow with clients after which I should have a few more photos to share. The list price is $885,000, an excellent price for an important contributor to our architectural heritage.
Located at 3217 Fernwood Avenue in Silver Lake.
The late Steven Hill made his imprint on Silver Lake architecture with many of these distinctive stucco and glass block houses. 3507 Fernwood Avenue shows the builder at his best; the Streamline Moderne house with its cascading rectilinear and curvilinear details, complimented by a generous dose of glass brick is outstanding. Situated on a corner lot in the prestigious Moreno Highlands of Silver Lake, the house is reminiscent of the c.1937 William Kesling-designed Ulm House in Los Feliz. The three-bedroom, three-bath house in 2513 sq.ft. most recently (March 2013) sold for $1,356,000 and was described in the listing as “rare mix of spacious living areas, high ceilings, an open floor plan, and great outdoor space designed by Steven Hill. Streamline moderne influences throughout with curved cascading walls and glass brick. Huge master bedroom with en suite bath and private balcony. A deck off the living room leads to a beautiful pool with large flat yard space. Two additional bedrooms upstairs round out this stunning residence. Direct access to large 2-car garage with tons of storage”.