SILVER LAKE — Architect Rudolph M. Schindler was presented with a challenge more than 70 years ago: come up with a modern design for a four-unit apartment complex on a cramped, triangular lot that sloped uphill and provided little privacy. His solution was a three-level structure of interlocking forms. The apartments were connected by a courtyard and each unit had a roof terrace and views of the city and surrounding hills. Now, the Falk Apartments, constructed in 1940, have been nominated to become a historic landmark.
The Cultural Heritage Commission voted last week to take the historic cultural monument application under review.
The International-style building at the corner of Lucile and Carnation avenues currently appears to be under renovation. But, according to the monument application, the building and many of its Modernist features remain intact. Says the application:
“During his lifetime Schindler created a body of work in Southern California that placed him as one of the masters of early modern architecture. Schindler became more widely recognized after his death for what he called “space architecture” that focused on creating complex and light filled interior spaces. Many of Schindler’s trademarks are evident in the S.T. Falk Apartments such as his inventive use of form, warm materials, and ability to design for less than ideal sites.”
The apartments, constructed for S.T. and Pauline Falk, were one of only six multi-family projects that Schindler saw built during his career, according to the nomination application.
The commission is likely to take a final vote on the Falk nomination in September. But the landmark designation would eventually have to be approved by the City Council.
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