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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A mid Century Echo Park classic is up for landmark status *

Echo Park, unlike neighboring Silver Lake, has very few examples of mid-century Modern architecture. So, that's why the Ross House, a mass of white cubes and ribbons of glass, stands out among the Spanish-Colonial apartments and bungalows of Valentine Street in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park. Today, more than 70 years after the home was built, the city council Planning & Land Use Management Committee will consider declaring the Ross House, home to the family of restaurateur Gareth Kantner, a city cultural historic monument.

The 1938 house, designed by Raphael Soriano, one of Los Angeles' most well regarded mid-century architects, is modest in size but remains a well preserved example of the cutting edge architecture of its day.

The house has had only three owners. The house was originally built for the Ross family. About a decade later, the house was purchased by Albert Nozaki, a former USC classmate of Soriano, who had been imprisoned in an internment camp during part of World War II. Nozaki, an Oscar nominated art director, and his family lived in the house for more than 60 years before it was purchased by the Kantners.

* Update: The Planning & Land Use Management Committee voted to support the landmark nomination, which now goes before the full City Council for a final vote.

Photo from OK Los Angeles

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic. I have always admired this house. Great to hear that it is on its way to landmark status.