SILVER LAKE — Allyn E.Morris is not the most well known of the modernist architects to practice in Silver Lake. But he certainly left his mark on the neighborhood he called home for many years, designing several Mid-Century homes, duplexes and apartment buildings Now, one of Morris’ largest Silver Lake projects – known as the Landa Apartments – has hit the market at nearly $4 million.
Built in 1966, the 9-unit apartment building steps up a hill from the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and Landa Street. The property is being sold by its original owner, according to the Redfin listing.
Last year, a 1956 Glassell Park home that Morris designed for a motorcycle racer was offered at $1.395 million, and the architect’s own steel-and-glass Silver Lake home and studio sold for nearly $700,000 in 2011. In Echo Park, Morris designed and developed the curving Lago Vista complex on a hilltop overlooking Echo Park Lake.
Author and architectural historian Alan Hess told The L.A. Times that Morris was inspired by the much better known modernist architect, Rudolph Schindler:
“At a time when most Southern California architects were favoring Richard Neutra, Morris was learning from the ideas of Schindler and developing them,” Hess said. “The more mainstream idea was to make simple, rectangular boxes, which were very graceful. But Morris added a complexity to define certain spaces or living areas within the house.”
Morris, who left Los Angeles in the early 1980s, died in 2009 at the age of 87.
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