Exterior View (rear). This photo demonstrates Kesling’s use of custom, horizontal casement windows, constructed in bands, a classic detail of the Streamline Moderne Style.
Posts tagged Streamline Moderne
Situated next door to and a built a year before Kesling’s Skinner House. The two houses create a beautiful composition. I passed by there recently after a several days of rain; water had collected in a reflecting pool in the street immediately in front, creating a mirror image.
The Vanderpool House is located at 1536 Easterly Terrace.
There is a excellent book on William Kesling entitlted: ‘Kesling Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California’ that makes for fascinating reading. The book chronicles the man and his work, beginning in Los Angeles in the 1930’s his downfall and fall from grace, and his later re-emergence in San Diego during World War II where he experienced a new appreciation for his talents.
‘Kesling Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California 1943-1962’ by Patrick Pascal, with photographs by Julius Shulman and David Sadofski, Balcony Press, Publisher, 2002.
Completed in 1937, after Kesling’s arrest but before his plea, the Adams House exhibits Kesling’s mastery of the Streamline Moderne style adapted to a steep, down slope lot on a narrow street with no sidewalks.
The house is the only one of Kesling’s Streamline Moderne homes for which the original Kesling floor plans survive. The house recently (April 2011) came on the market. The house has three bedrooms and one bath in 1397 sq. feet. I will be checking it out tomorrow with clients after which I should have a few more photos to share. The list price is $885,000, an excellent price for an important contributor to our architectural heritage.
Located at 3217 Fernwood Avenue in Silver Lake.