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Title
Gregory Ain: Avenel Homes (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Creator
Ain, Gregory (1908-1988), architect
Date Created and/or Issued
1946-1947
Publication Information
Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara
Contributing Institution
UC Santa Barbara, Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design and Architecture Museum
Collection
Gregory Ain (1908-1988): Housing
Rights Information
Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. University of California Regents.
Description
This group of small homes set side-by-side perpendicular to the street on a long lot, created a community feel, while walls and patios defined individual space. The houses were designed to be low cost urban housing, with the homeowners (a group of recent WWII veterans) pooling their resources to buy the land and build the development. This type of community at the time was viewed with suspicion of being communist in nature. Ain brought features of higher-end modernist homes into the low cost community housing. Though the space is only 908 square feet, Ain incorporated sliding walls between the living room and master bedroom, and between the two smaller bedrooms to give flexibility in living arrangements. The dining room table was incorporated into the kitchen counter to preserve space. The Federal Housing Authority had to approve the plans, and they denied Ain's design for a half bath, and insisted upon a broom closet instead. The complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Type
image
Format
image/jpeg
Identifier
adc_104_ff23
http://www.adc-exhibits.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/184
Language
English
Subject
Southern California Architecture California Modern Architecture
Place
Silverlake, Los Angeles, Calif.
Source
Gregory Ain papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
Relation
Flat file 23

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