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I had the opportunity to visit the Meyers House, situated at 1607 Angelus Avenue in Silver Lake as part of the photography work that I was honored to do for the Committee to Save Silver Lake’s Reservoirs (CSSLR)2006 Home Tour scheduled for September 30, 2006. (See related article in the ‘Community News’ Section of this website). Many of the owners of these fabulous homes were kind enough to give me the opportunity to photograph their interiors.For more information about the architect, Raphael Soriano, please refer to my original notes on the Meyers House (the first entry in the ‘Silver Lake Architecture’ page of this website) and additional notes regarding Soriano’s first commission the ‘Lipetz House’ also featured. For more reading on the architect, the excellent book entitled ‘Raphael Soriano’ by Wolfgang Wagner, makes for enjoyable reading. The Meyers House is also featured in Barbara Bestor’s new book ‘Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake’, published by Regan Books, 2006.
Meyers House, 1607 Angelus Avenue, Raphael Soriano, Architect
This lovely home built in 1938 is a classic example of Soriano’s work. He received his architecture degree from the University of Southern California and worked for both Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra before opening his own practice in 1936. Although he designed 150 and built 38 projects during his career, only a handful survive. He moved to Tiburon, CA in 1953 where he designed and built housing for developer Joseph Eichler as well as the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose.His work is becoming better known since the publication of the book, ‘Raphael Soriano’ by author Wolfgang Wagener. Published by Phaidon, September 2002. Hardcover 224 pages.
*NOTE: There seems to be a bit of confusion about this house. It is listed in ‘An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles’ by David Gebhard & Robert Winter, published by Gibbs Smith, however, the definite book on Soriano’s work, ‘Rapahel Soriano’ by Wolfgang Wagener published by Phaidon Press, lists the Meyers House at 850 Avenue 37 in Los Angeles. Surely there is some explanation for this discrepancy! Did J.A. Meyers have Soriano build two houses for him, one in Silver Lake and one in Eagle Rock? While there is no mention of the Angelus house in Wagener’s book, I was able to obtain a copy of the building permit which verifies the fact that Raphael Soriano did indeed apply for a building permit for 1607 Angelus Avenue for a J.A. Meyers in 1938.
Another view of the interior.
An interior view, demonstrating the intimate relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Known affectionately in the Bestor architectural office as the ‘House Over a Wall’, the McDowell House is located at 2288 Earl Street on the east side of Silver Lake Reservoir.
Rudolph Schindler designed Manola Cour for his client, artist/designer Herman Sachs over a 14-year period. They are an excellent example of Schindler’s abstract style. Located at 1811-1830 Edgecliffe Drive. The entire complex of sixteen residences ‘set within hilliside gardens on three adjacent street-to-street parcels’ was listed for sale (July 2008) for $3M. A dramatic 2-story owner’s loft connects directly to the original studio.
Photo taken from the 1800 block of Lucile Avenue.
Irish-born Architect Lorcan O’Herlihy has been recognized internationally with a number of exhibitions and publications including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Metropolis Magazine, Architectural Record, Architectural Review, and a book on his completed works. In 2004, he was recognized as on of 8 �emerging voices of architecture� by the Architectural League of New York; his firm has earned 26 national and international awards including seven AIA/LA Design Awards.
O�Herlihy has taught and lectured at a variety of institutions, including the Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc], Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, Columbia University, New York and the National Building Museum, Washington D.C.
He worked at the office of I.M. Pei and Partners on the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Hybrid Building in Florida, receiving a National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.
The house is located at 2033 Redcliff Street in the Moreno Highlands of Silver Lake.
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.
In the How House, Schindler has addressed the challenges of a steep hillside lot in Silver Lake with the needs of his client, physician James Eads How, and has created a remarkable composition. Rather than the typical arrangement of placing the house squarely in line with the curb, Schindler has it placed on a diagonal. The ingenious interplay of glass and redwood provides a sense of transparency while affording privacy that harmonizes with the setting.
The How House is located at 2422 Silver Ridge Avenue in Silver Lake. It has undergone extensive renovation since purchased in late 2003. The property hit the market in September 2008 for almost $5 million. Owner Michael LaFetra redduced the price in June, and then the house went off the market last September. It , came back on the market in November 2009 priced at $2.795 million; as of May 2010 it was listed for sale for $2.495 million. Motion picture executive Brad Kembel and his partner Jimmy Ferrareze purchased the landmark in May 2012 for $1.3 million.
For more information about the architect, the book ‘R.M.Schindler’ by James Steele is highly recommended.
One of the most striking and unusual homes in Silver Lake, Architect David Hyun designed his palace-by-the-lake for his personal residence in 1993. The style is reminiscent of the Japanese Village Plaza, David Hyun’s pioneering work that propelled Little Tokyo from an urban slum into a chic inner city success story.
Born in Korea, David is the son of the late, great Rev. Soon Hyun, Korean Patriot. Rev. Hyun was a college student in Korea at a time when Korea was under the dominion of Imperial Japan. In his American history studies, he idealized America in its struggle to gain independence from the British. Rev. Hyun rejected colonialism, adopted Western ideas and converted to Christianity. Within time, he became pastor of the largest Protestant church in Korea. As Sunday School Superintendent for his denomination, he traveled extensively throughout Korea, preaching Christianity and its revolutionary ideas. He encouraged Koreans to reject the serfdom imposed by their Japanese overlords and to seek a new life of freedom. He encouraged his people to adopt Korea’s Declaration of Independence on March 1, 1919, leading to demonstrations throughout Korea in the world’s first non-violent pacifist revolution.
Rev. Hyun continued to lead his people by founding the Republic of Korea, adopting a national constitution and electing a parliament for the provisional government. David Hyun, Soon Hyun’s youngest son, keeps his memory alive with a vast collection of his memoirs and papers in a wing of this large magnificent home overlooking Silver Lake. It is a great story and one that may never be told.
The David Hyun Residence is located at 1954 Redesdale Avenue in Silver Lake. The home showcases a magnificent art collection, memorabilia from ancient Korea incredible views from three levels, over 4,000 sq. feet of living space, and is a treat to visit.
The Cathedral is located at 650 Micheltorena Street.
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.
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.
The Fleming Drefeld Residence is located at .
Architectural Historian/Sleuth John G. Ripley offers some interesting details about the architect, ‘George Costerisan worked in partnership with architectural designer Frank Kavanaugh from about 1912 until 1915. Census data between 1910 and 1930 indicate that George lived around the corner from the Maltman house at 1410 Edgecliffe. It is likely that he also designed the Edgecliffe house, but that would need to be checked out. The assessor’s date is 1906, but any assessor’s date before 1915 is not necessarily very accurate.’