Julius Ralph Davidson was born in Berlin, Germany in 1889. He apprenticed in architectural offices in Berlin and London, England, and Paris, France, before opening his own practice in Berlin after World War I. He immigrated to Los Angeles and found employment with prominent architect Robert D. Farquhar (1923-24) and as an assistant to Cedric Gibbons, Art Director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (1924-1925) before opening his own practice. Among his most important achievements are included the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel (1919-1921); Case Study House No. 1 (1947-48); Drucker Apartments (1940); Hi-Hat Restaurant (1927); Thomas Mann House (Pacific Palisades, 1941); Perino’s Restaurant (1940) and the Rabinowitz House (Bel-Air 1960).The Sabsay House is located at 2351 Silver Ridge Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
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R.M. Schindler designed the house for the Droste family of Belgian Chocolate fame in 1940. Schindler was one of Silver Lake’s most prolific architects of the Modernist Movement. He Immigrated from Vienna in 1914 at the age of 26, and after a three year stint in Chicago, he established himself with the firm of Frank Lloyd Wright where he supervised the construction of Hollyhock House. Wright was to become Schindler’s most important influence.No less than 41 of his works may be found in the Southern California landscape (Silver Lake may have the most with nine). The architect most closely associated with Schindler is of course, Richard Neutra. The two were classmates in Austria. Neutra followed Schindler to Los Angeles, with Schindler inviting the Neutras to set up residence in the Schindler House in West Hollywood. The pair collaborated successfullly at first. The harmony came to an end when Neutra was awarded the commission to design the Los Feliz home for Dr. Richard Lovell, Schindler’s most important client., The two split in 1931 and never reconciled until 1953, less than a year before Schindler’s death.
The Droste House is located at 2025 Kenilworth Avenue in the Moreno Highlands In 2006, the Droste House was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 837).