As Founder and President of the Los Angeles Art Center School, it was Adams idea to use the house as a ‘palette for the architects to express their art‘, according to Architecture Historican Charles J. Fisher. It is one of the best examples of ‘organic architecture’, blending the landscape and house into a single unity.
Edward Albert Adams House, John Rex, Douglas Honnold, A.Albert Cooling & James DeLong, Architects
Between 1955 and 1983, four successive architects expanded and trasformed the Edward Albert Adams House into the exquisite gem it is today. The Master Bedroom shown here, was part of the final phase, designed by Taliesen Fellow Architect James DeLong. There are entrances on all sides of the open-air pavilion, highlighted by the floor to ceiling doors and windows, the wrap-around deck and the stunning views of Silver Lake Reservoir.

Interior walls such as this hallway are lined with windows and doors, creating openness, flow and great sitelines.

Edward Albert Adams House, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 922
Modernist Architecture Expert J.R. Davidson gave me a private tour of the Edward Albert (Tink) Adams House today (May 23, 2009). The property has just come on the market and is for sale for a cool $1.75M. The Japanese-inspired ‘pavillions’ of the house have breath-taking views of Silver Lake Reservoir and the hills beyond.Adams was Founder of the Los Angeles Art Center School in 1931. He served as the school’s first President, the guiding force of the school until illness forced his retirement in 1965.

Adams and his wife purchased the house in 1942. It was a small bungalow with a hipped roof, built around 1906. Over time, Adams altered the house significantly, hiring in succession, four different architects, as his vision for the house expanded.

instructors at the Art Center School of Design, Architects John Rex and Douglas Honnold, were brought in to add a garage, chimney and barbeque, and and a concrete and stone deck in 1955.  (Honnold and Rex formed a partnership in 1953 that was to last until Honnold’s death in 1974. Honnold is best-known for his ‘Pans Restaurant’ designs, one of the first to popularize ‘Googie’ style).

In 1966 A. Albert Cooling, who was also an instructor at the school, completely re-invented the house into the style we see today. Cooling died before the final phase of the house was conceived; Adams turned to Taliesen Fellow James DeLong to complete the project.

The Edward Albert Adams House is located at 2331 Cove Avenue.

Edward Albert Adams House, Rex, Honnold Cooling & DeLong 1955-1983
Edward Albert Adams, the Founder and First President of the Los Angeles Art Center School, died at the age of 83, two years before his Silver Lake house was completed in 1983. The house is a seamless colloboration between four architects between 1955 and 1983, three of which were faculty members at Art Center School. Taliesen Fellow James DeJong completed the project in 1983. Here’s a partial view of one of the outdoor barbeque areas; the ‘see-through’ views from every direction is outstanding.(In May 2009, the Edward Adams House is listed for sale for $1.75M; it is located at the top of Cove Avenue overlooking Silver Lake Reservoir).