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MAK Center architecture tour: A sneak peek

September 14, 2009 | 12:19 pm


If you're one of those people who just can't get enough of midcentury architecture, take note. The annual MAK Center for Art & Architecture fundraiser tour will highlight seven residences by architects Rudolph Schindler, Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano, Harwell Hamilton Harris and Craig Ellwood. The self-driven tour will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 4. Tickets are $75; students with ID are $65. If you'd like to be bused around instead and have a nice box lunch, add $78.50 to the price. To make reservations, go to  www.makcenter.org or call (323) 651-1510.

This is a chance to see some midcentury homes that have not been open for touring for more than a decade. The recently renovated 1926 Howe House by Schindler is pictured above. To preview some of the architectural gems, click to the jump. 


Above: The 1935 McAlmon house by Schindler is one of the architect's most sculptural creations.


Above: The Schrage house by Raphael Soriano was completed in 1952. It is the only 1950s steel Soriano house that is still close to its original state. The house was renovated in the mid-1980s with Soriano's advice.

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Above: The 1964-65 Moore house by Craig Ellwood features concrete and wood construction. The architect integrated thin redwood supports into an elegant, all-glass facade. 

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Above: The 1940-41 Alexander house by Harris is a two-story design composed of white stucco boxes with wood detailing. It reveals a flat-roofed modernist sensibility on one side, and Prairie-style horizontal lines on the other.


Above: Harris' 1950-51 Hansen house has a winding path that leads to a deck and entry elevated over the garage, with a striking view of the Silver Lake reservoir.


Above: The Avenel homes cooperative (1946-48) by Gregory Ain was built for World War II veterans. The 10-unit row house complex sets each unit at an angle to the street in a sawtooth pattern. The architect designed flexible interiors with sliding walls and open kitchens.

-- Barbara Thornburg

Photos: MAK Center for Art & Architecture