The Jenkyns House in Silver Lake just came on the market (August 2011) priced at $1,070,000. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath house is a classic expression of California Modernism. Described in the listing, ‘The residence is lifted from the street with a slanted roofline, creating a dramatic soaring effect and capturing views of the Silver Lake Reservoir.  Exposed posts and beams, brick fireplaces, and floating staircases punctuate the classic design.’

The architect, who passed away in 2002 aged 94, was friends with other non-conformists of the period, including architectural photographer Julius Schulman, landscape designer Garrett Eckbo, and fellow ‘radical’ architect Gregory Ain. He was a card-carrying Communist whose political activism made him a target of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Shulman photographed the Jenkyns House for his friend, but never allowed them to be published, citing privacy issues. The house is located at 1973 Redesdale Avenue.

Jenkyns House, Josef Van der Kar, Architect, 1960