Don’t own a Silver Lake Neutra? How about a Kesling?

Silver Lake was the scene this weekend of several events honoring the 85th anniversary of the architecture practice founded by Richard Neutra, whose modernist homes (as well as office) can be found across the neighborhood.  But the hills of Silver Lake are also stocked with numerous examples of other notable architects of the same era, including those designed by William Kesling.  While far less prominent than Neutra and other modernist architects, Kesling in a short time emerged as one of Los Angeles’ most prolific designers of Streamline Moderne homes (he also became infamous for his financial problems).  One of Kesling’s homes,  The Adams House at 3217 Fernwood Avenue, features the horizontal bands of windows and curving walls of stucco and glass that define his other Silver Lake homes (take a look at these on Easterly Terrace and Fanning Street and on .  The Adams House, built in 1936, also displays another feature associated with the remaining Kesling homes: a steep price tag.  In the case of the Adams House,  the seller is asking $885,000 for the nearly 1,400-square-foot home, according to the listing.

Photo from theMLS.com


  1. I walk my dog past that place every day and think it’s the coolest thing in the neighborhood. Looks like it could do about 55 on the highway!

  2. Streamline Moderne is the best.

    Check out the book “Kesling Modern Structures” for more info. Skylight may have it in stock.

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