ARCHITECTURE


This guide is very much a work in progress. Expect additional, specific architectural information, links and random blather shortly. For now, pray, indulge my inaccuracies, misnomers and general loosey-gooseyness.

Click below on an entry's BLUE TITLE -- for example, L.A. Louver (Frederick Fischer & Partners) -- for additional photos and information where available. Please feel free to add corrections and any other feedback in the form of comments.


Edgemar Development (Frank Gehry)

Edgemar Development (Frank Gehry)

1987 by Frank Gehry

A mixed-use complex designed by architect Frank Gehry in the 1980’s to incorporate original structures on the site, including a former ice company warehouse. The retrofitted warehouse is now home to Edgemar Center for the Arts.

2415-2449 Main Street
Santa Monica, California

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El Bordello Alexandra

El Bordello Alexandra

It’s not every neighborhood where you can mount gargoyles and cloven-hoofed figures all over your house without having the local home owners association up in arms.

This strange “gothic” divertissement next to another (the Morrison Hotel) is hardly Notre Dame de Paris, but as boardwalk kitsch goes (okay, it’s 100 feet off the boardwalk across Speedway), it’s a gargoyle giggle.

Westminster Ave
Venice, California

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Electric Art Block (Koning Eizenberg Architecture)

Electric Art Block (Koning Eizenberg Architecture)

1990 by Koning Eizenberg Architecture — Glenn Robert Erickson

Straddling a plot that was once electric streetcar line, this long block of “artist” lofts is bookended by sheet-metal clad volumes, chain link fencing and false walls, while those in between are simpler stucco boxes.

499 Santa Clara
Venice, California

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F.O.E. Building

F.O.E. Building

Circa 1925

Fraternal Order of the Eagles? building.

1625 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, California

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Gagosian Gallery and Apts (Studio Works)

Gagosian Gallery and Apts (Studio Works)

1980 by Studio Works (Robert Mangurian and Craig Hodgetts)

It’s what’s inside this former art gallery and apartment building that really counts: an interior circular court occupies the center of the structure. (The photograph of the interior is from Studio Works website.) The building was named among the 200 most significant L.A. buildings of the past 200 years for the Los Angeles Bicentennial Celebration.

51 Market Street
Venice, California

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Galvanized Home

Galvanized Home

Year unknown

Austere modern home clad in galvanized steel, the basic building material brought into vogue for contemporary residential use by quintessential Southern California architects Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne.

Palms
Venice, California

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Geometrical Modern

Geometrical Modern

2008 by TK

Oblong windows and cut-outs open up this boxy modern house.

Ocean Ave
Venice, California

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Gingerbready Craftsman

Gingerbready Craftsman

Circa TK

This craftsman’s detailing — latticework, shingles, clapboard, paint job and Christmas lights — give it a slight gingerbread-house feel.

Cabrillo
Venice, California

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Glass House

Glass House

Venice canals
Venice, CA 90291

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Glass-Wood-Stucco Modern (d u Architects)

Glass-Wood-Stucco Modern (d u Architects)

2007 by d u Architests

Nice example of the stucco and wood construction that now predominates in Venice.

Venice, California

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