Edward Fickett was one of the most prolific designers of the California Ranch Style in post World War II Southern California. It is estimated that during his long career he built about 60,000 homes; 10,000 in the San Fernando Valley alone!

Edward Fickett graduated from the University of Southern California in 1937, after which he continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning graduate degrees in three disciplines: city planning, architecture and engineering. After serving with the U.S. Naval Construction Batallion (Seabees) during WWII, he returned home to Los Angeles with the mission of ‘building a home for every returning g.i.’Although he built homes for the rich and famous (his list of clients included Jack Benny, Charlie Chaplin, Dick Clark, Joan Crawford, Irene Dunne, Jimmy Durante, Groucho Marks and former L.A. Rams owner Georgia Frontiere), his great contribution was making modern home design accessible and affordable for a larger population.

The Jacobson Residence, located at 2313 Moreno Drive in Silver Lake is an excellent example of his work. It has been lovingly restored by its current owner, artist  Michael Giaimo. The house is situated on a street-to-street lot, with the house set at an oblique angle across the lot, to take advantage of the magnificent city lights view to the southwest. Giamimo, the artist-in-residence, has taken Fickett’s design and brought it to the 21st Century while retaining a 1950’s ambiance. An exquisite collection of mid-century furnishings and Michael’s art bring drama and perfectly compliment the architecture.

Patrons of the Committee to Save Silver Lake’s Reservoirs (CSSLR) ‘Silver Lake Modernism- Then & Now’ will get a rare opportunity to see this exquisite home as part of the tour coming up on September 30, 2006.

Jacobson Residence  Edward H. Fickett Architect 1951
The patio area from the lower level. Fickett’s oblique arrangement of the house on the lot provides for a dramatic view of the city lights to the southwest.

Interior View. Our appreciation of Fickett’s design is heightened by the masterful arrangement of elegant period furnishings.

Jacobson Residence  Edward H. Fickett Architect 1951
This striking stained glass window is an original Fickett design that adds dramatic detail and perfectly compliments the interior design.

Jacobson Residence  Edward H. Fickett Architect 1951
The Jacobson Residence as seen from Micheltorena Street. The oblique arrangement of the house on the lot is demonstrated in this photo.

Jacobson Residence, Edward H. Fickett Architect 1951
Artist Michael Giaimo’s interior design brings Fickett’s architecture to life as shown in this photograph.