When Kathleen Nolen approached architect Tony Unruh about restoring her 1941 Silver Lake home by Midcentury great Gregory Ain, Unruh said he viewed the project as “bringing this masterpiece into the 21st century.”
For Ain, who grew up in Lincoln Heights and is best known for designing modern, affordable housing, the original assignment wasn't so easy. He was commissioned to build the Orans House, as it is known, on a small, steep site surrounded by homes.
“He designed the house to step up the hill with sightlines that would avoid the view of the houses below and a living room with full glass panels to the backyard,” Unruh said.
Ain made the house feel larger by connecting the interiors to a patio. And in a quintessential L.A. design move, he created a U-shaped driveway that gave homeowners easier access to the house from a narrow, busy street.