The home was the longtime residence of distinguished 20th century philanthropists Nadia and Norman Kaplan, celebrated members of the Silver Lake community and founders of “Junior Blind” (now “Wayfinder”), a non-profit foundation devoted to providing services for people with visual impairments. Set on a large and verdant hillside lot, the structure presents an elegant stark white facade. Long horizontal lines and a round porthole window serve as a subtle reference to the hallmark symbol of the late Art Deco style — the steamship — widely held as an emblem of progress and modernity at the time.
William Kesling never received formal training as an architect, yet due to his unique ability to translate the popular civic building style of Art Deco to the private residence, he became one of the most active practitioners of the Streamline Moderne in Los Angeles. In 1934, Kesling founded “Kesling Modern Structures,” and managed to design the kind of modern home that people wanted to live in at the time when the general public taste gravitated to traditional styles of building. Kesling homes are coveted to this day; in the Hunter Residence you’ll find the very best of what history and the present can offer. A whisper away from Silver Lake Reservoir and Sunset Junction, you’ll have quick access to the twice-weekly Farmer’s Market, Sawyer, Cafe Stella, Intelligentsia, Black Cat, Pine & Crane and more. Trader Joe’s, Gelson’s and Whole Foods 365 are just minutes away.
More details and photos at 1827 Fanning St. | Silver Lake
Open House Schedule:
- Sunday, January 6: 2 pm – 4 pm