A lovely gem of wood and stucco by one of the lesser known Modernists, Harwell Hamilton Harris. Harris had the unique contribution of combining the best elements of the Craftsman style with the emerging modernism. Born in Redlands, CA in 1903, studied at Pomona College and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles before working as a sculptor. In 1928 he enrolled at the Frank Wiggins Trade School and found work in the studio of the great Modernist Master, Richard Neutra, with whom he remained in association until 1951.
The Hansen House is an excellent example of the unique Harwell H. Harris style. Located at 2305 West Silver Lake Drive, the home was part of the CSSLR Home Tour ‘Silver Lake Modernism- Then & Now’ held in 2006.
Hansen Residence Harwell H. Harris, Architect 1950-51
I had the privilege of visiting this lovely home in my capacity as photographer for the CSSLR 2006 Home Tour, ‘Silver Lake Modernism- Then & Now’
. Up until the assignment, I had only the opportunity to admire the house from the street and from what I had read in architecture books. My curiosity was hightened with the purchase of Barbara Bestor’s
new book (2006) entitled, ‘Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake’
which features the Hansen House. Fashion Designer, Kirk Nozaki
, who purchased the home in 1992 was kind enough to give me a tour of the home and allow me to share these photographs with you.Although Harris served his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Richard Neutra
, he rejected the ‘machine’
architecture of the International Style
in favor of a more organic naturalism associated with Frank Lloyd Wright
. In Harris’ architecture, we experience a wholly American style that bridges the past with the future.
The Hansen House is located at 2305 West Silver Lake.
For more information on Harwell H. Harris, the book entitled, ‘Harwell Hamilton Harris’, by Lisa Germany, (University of California Press, 1991) makes for excellent reading.
View from the front deck overlooking Silver Lake.