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August 2, 2013 | By Iris Schneider
Tony Unruh and Keith Sidley had much in common. Both were Jewish architects from South Africa transplanted to the same Los Angeles neighborhood. Both had married non-Jewish women from Maryland, and both had two young kids. Perhaps most important, both had an affinity for Midcentury architect Gregory Ain. Unruh had bought Ain's old architecture office on Hyperion Avenue. Sidley was living with his family in a Silver Lake home designed and built in the early '40s by Ain. As their friendship grew, the architects spent many nights talking about how they could renovate Sidley's house.
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October 3, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When art critic Ken Johnson recently described Sol LeWitt's line drawings as something "anyone who has the instructions and access to wall space could reproduce," he could have been describing a recent LeWitt project in a Hollywood Hills kitchen.   Jack Latner's kitchen, part of our feature on the house last week, had a dynamic black and white LeWitt design that demonstrates how far a ruler, painter's tape and black paint can go toward...
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April 4, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
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.
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September 25, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
In a fresh take on home tours, the American Institute of Architects' Santa Barbara chapter has organized an event Oct. 5 highlighting low-income housing as well as affordable rentals for people with special needs. The self-guided tour of multi-family housing, single-family urban infill, mixed-use and live-work designs in Santa Barbara includes: Casa de Las Fuentes, a 42-unit affordable housing complex with courtyard style studio and one-bedroom units by Peikert & RRM Design Group.
OPINION
August 18, 2011 | By Greg Goldin
If walls could speak. That's what came to mind when I noticed a short newspaper item announcing that the former home of Ben Margolis, an attorney who advocated on behalf of downtrodden workers, besieged Reds and persecuted labor activists, was for sale. The hillside Los Feliz house, designed by Gregory Ain in the early 1950s, with a 21st century addition by Pierre Koenig, is being offered for just under $2 million. The house Ain built Margolis is likely to sell even in the current slow market: Midcentury modern architecture is in demand at the moment.
HOME & GARDEN
August 23, 2008 | Barbara Thornburg, Times Staff Writer
ALTHOUGH Brooke Anderson was brought up in a modern milieu, she credits her famous "Grams," actress Gloria Swanson, for imbuing her with a love for the traditional. As a young woman, Anderson frequently visited her grandmother's stylish apartment on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park. "It was formal but very comfortable, and filled with beautiful antiques with tons of books everywhere," Anderson recalls, adding that her grandmother always wanted to be an opera singer. "She had a baby grand piano in the living room where she would play and sing."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 1998 | NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, TIMES ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
Fifty years ago, Gregory Ain completed one of Los Angeles' most intriguing social experiments in his design for a bucolic housing development in Mar Vista that was meant to provide an affordable alternative to the vastly dispiriting postwar housing then spreading across the country.
HOME & GARDEN
July 11, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Los Feliz house built for famed civil rights attorney Ben Margolis, who defended the blacklisted "Hollywood 10" in the McCarthy era, has come on the market at $1,999,951. Designed by Gregory Ain to emphasize indoor-outdoor living and constructed in 1952, the main house features clerestory windows and sliding walls of glass. The 2,883 square feet of living space include four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Ain is known for his Mar Vista Modernique development of homes built in the late '40s.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
In a tip of the hat to revered Los Angeles modernist architects Gregory Ain, Rudolph Schindler, Harwell Harris and others, the American Institute of Architects' Los Angeles chapter is kicking off a series of home tours devoted to small, rarely seen designs that have been thoughtfully updated. The Modernist/Contemporary Tour launches Sept. 23 in Santa Monica with a tour of Harris' 850-square-foot house for John Entenza, the Arts & Architecture magazine editor who launched the Case Study program in the 1940s.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
In a fresh take on home tours, the American Institute of Architects' Santa Barbara chapter has organized an event Oct. 5 highlighting low-income housing as well as affordable rentals for people with special needs. The self-guided tour of multi-family housing, single-family urban infill, mixed-use and live-work designs in Santa Barbara includes: Casa de Las Fuentes, a 42-unit affordable housing complex with courtyard style studio and one-bedroom units by Peikert & RRM Design Group.
NEWS
September 21, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
If you ask Solar Decathlon director Richard King why the average person might want to swing by the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial competition when it opens in 12 days, he answers with a question of his own: "Where else can you see 20 houses so inspiring, side by side?" Indeed, on Sept. 23, 20 teams consisting of students from 30 schools as diverse as Stanford, El Paso Community College and the Vienna University of Technology begin assembling the most unusual housing tract to hit Orange County.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Iris Schneider
Tony Unruh and Keith Sidley had much in common. Both were Jewish architects from South Africa transplanted to the same Los Angeles neighborhood. Both had married non-Jewish women from Maryland, and both had two young kids. Perhaps most important, both had an affinity for Midcentury architect Gregory Ain. Unruh had bought Ain's old architecture office on Hyperion Avenue. Sidley was living with his family in a Silver Lake home designed and built in the early '40s by Ain. As their friendship grew, the architects spent many nights talking about how they could renovate Sidley's house.
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
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.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
In a tip of the hat to revered Los Angeles modernist architects Gregory Ain, Rudolph Schindler, Harwell Harris and others, the American Institute of Architects' Los Angeles chapter is kicking off a series of home tours devoted to small, rarely seen designs that have been thoughtfully updated. The Modernist/Contemporary Tour launches Sept. 23 in Santa Monica with a tour of Harris' 850-square-foot house for John Entenza, the Arts & Architecture magazine editor who launched the Case Study program in the 1940s.
OPINION
August 18, 2011 | By Greg Goldin
If walls could speak. That's what came to mind when I noticed a short newspaper item announcing that the former home of Ben Margolis, an attorney who advocated on behalf of downtrodden workers, besieged Reds and persecuted labor activists, was for sale. The hillside Los Feliz house, designed by Gregory Ain in the early 1950s, with a 21st century addition by Pierre Koenig, is being offered for just under $2 million. The house Ain built Margolis is likely to sell even in the current slow market: Midcentury modern architecture is in demand at the moment.
HOME & GARDEN
July 11, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Los Feliz house built for famed civil rights attorney Ben Margolis, who defended the blacklisted "Hollywood 10" in the McCarthy era, has come on the market at $1,999,951. Designed by Gregory Ain to emphasize indoor-outdoor living and constructed in 1952, the main house features clerestory windows and sliding walls of glass. The 2,883 square feet of living space include four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Ain is known for his Mar Vista Modernique development of homes built in the late '40s.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When art critic Ken Johnson recently described Sol LeWitt's line drawings as something "anyone who has the instructions and access to wall space could reproduce," he could have been describing a recent LeWitt project in a Hollywood Hills kitchen.   Jack Latner's kitchen, part of our feature on the house last week, had a dynamic black and white LeWitt design that demonstrates how far a ruler, painter's tape and black paint can go toward...
REAL ESTATE
January 24, 1988 | Sam Hall Kaplan
I never met Gregory Ain, who died a few weeks ago at the age of 79 after a lingering illness, but through his architectural designs and writings I knew him, and respected him. From the 1930s to the early 1960s, Ain practiced and preached in Los Angeles a rare, humanistic architecture in which he considered design a tool to improve the lives of people and communities.
HOME & GARDEN
October 20, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles poster artist Robbie Conal and his wife, movie and television title designer Deborah Ross, have listed their Gregory Ain-designed home in Mar Vista for $1,149,000. The 1,857-square-foot house is one of the largest in a development of 52 so-called "Modernique Homes," which strove to combine good design and low-cost housing in the postwar years. Conal and Ross were both interested in the Ain homes before they met in 1987. "They were designed with a romantically progressive ideal of everyday social interaction, including contiguous ?
BUSINESS
May 10, 2009 | Catherine Ho
What began as a communal living experiment in postwar California would become a model for low-cost urban housing and the innovative use of small spaces. Gregory Ain's historic Avenel Cooperative Housing Project in Silver Lake today has a corner unit for sale. Ain, the notable Modernist architect, completed the 10-unit complex in 1947 for 10 couples who each chipped in about $11,000 to build a housing project that would promote communal living.
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