We begin east of downtown, in La Cañada Flintridge, where Form Environment Research (fer) Studio built a home "barely perceptible from the street above, designed to blend into the shadows of the La Cañada foothills," according to architect Christopher Mercier, who designed the home with coprincipal Douglas Pierson. On the east side of Silver Lake, we’ll head to Tattuplex, an all-steel custom pre-fab built by architect Tom Marble for nurse and Zen Buddhist monk Tim Tim Tattu. In Glendale, resident Brent Nichols opens the doors to H House, his modest 1962 house by Richard Banta, an alumnus of several prominent architecture firms, including the offices of Carl Maston, Welton Becket, and Armet & Davis. ("I wanted to give the home a ‘1960s futurism mixed with modern’ feel," Nichols says.) Designer David Mast will welcome ticketholders into his towering concrete, steel, and glass live/work space, with 360-degree views from the roof terrace, in the AIA Award–winning Atwater Village Homes by architect Charles Kluger. Finally, Stuart Patterson reveals his own live/work space in Claud(e) Beelman’s 1929 Los Angeles Board of Trade Building, which has a level for his design company, Colorola Studios, and soaring rooftop views of L.A.’s downtown skyline and beyond.
For information on purchasing tickets for the East Side and Downtown Los Angeles Home Tour, visit our Dwell Los Angeles Home Tours page. Stay tuned for our last installment of the home tour previews. Next up: L.A. Canyons and Valley.
Erika Heet has been working in publishing for more than 20 years, including years spent as a senior editor at Architectural Digest and Robb Report. She has written for Architectural Digest, Robb Report, Interiors, Bon Appétit, Sierra Magazine, and The Berkeley Fiction Review. She recently wrote the foreword to New Tropical Classics: Hawaiian Homes by Shay Zak. She lives in a Topanga cabin with her artist husband and two children.