April 4, 2013 |
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.
August 18, 2011 |
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 |
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."
August 29, 1998 |
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 |
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.
September 25, 2013 |
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.