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.


Tilt Up-Slab House (David Hertz)

Tilt-Up Slab House (David Hertz)

2000 by David Hertz

This pre-fabricated “tilt-up” house — constructed of fourteen six-inch thick concrete slabs brought to the site and tilted up into place — was designed to take maximum advantage of its narrow lot while buffering its inhabitants from the immediately adjacent alley. The Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles deems it a “beautiful rendition of the revival of the International Style.”

Canals
Venice, California

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Turf and Clapboard

Turf and Clapboard

Circa 19TK

This two-story clapboard house is distinguished by its Astroturf fence.

Rialto Ave
Venice, California

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Turret-Top Beach House

Turret-Top Beach House

19TK by TK

This natural wood clapboard beach house comes complete with its own turret. Or maybe that’s a crow’s nest.

TK Ave
Venice, California

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U.S. Island (Historic)

U.S. Island (Historic)

Circa 1913

Each house on this former island was named after a state. The taller structure behind the small cottages is a much later addition. Not sure if the any of the cottages are original or not. The island was chopped in half. The cottages on the section north of Andalusia were only recently trucked in and placed.

501 to 519 Altair Place
Venice, California

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University of the Arts (Historic Site)

University of the Arts (Historic Site)

1905 by Marsh & Russell

One of the original buildings constructed by Abbot Kinney, the University of Arts was meant to be part of his cultural institution. Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence can be seen in the building’s design.

1304 Riviera
Venice, California

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Venable House and Studio

Venable House and Studio (Hertz and Rendler)

1990 by David Hertz and Michael Rendler

This “block cut open to the light,” as the architects describe the house, has had that light severely impinged upon by larger, adjacent structures built after it. You have to get in there and peek under the surrounding vegetation to get a sense of the what the architects, who have separate practices, got up to.

South Venice Blvd
Venice, California

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Venice Beach Suites and Hotel (Historic)

Venice Beach Suites and Hotel (Historic)

Circa 1908, renovated 2002

Built as a hotel right in the thick of things on Ocean Front Walk in 1908 and renovated in 2002, Venice Beach Suites and Hotel provides a sense of Venice in its heyday. Substantial differences can be seen between the building in its early days (postcard) to in its present incarnation.

Ocean Front Walk
Venice, California

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Venice Branch Library (Historic)

Venice Branch Library (Historic)

Circa 1930

This Spanish Colonial Revival style building once housed the Venice Branch Library. Its entrance still features the original diamond-paned double doors (complete with book return slot) and wrought-iron lamps. The building is now a youth and family community center.

California Ave
Venice, California

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Venice III (Morphosis)

Venice III (Morphosis)

1984 by Morphosis

Wherein a nondescript bungalow gets an addition by Thom Mayne and Morphosis, one of the most influential architecture firms of the last several decades.

Walk streets
Venice, California

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Venice Lofts (Mark Mack)

Venice Lofts (Mark Mack)

200? by Mark Mack Architects
Venice, California

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