In this exclusive series for Dwell.com, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture tracks the hands-on renovation of her and her partner's live-work space in Hollywood, California. Week 7: Flashback!
This week’s post is a lead-up to the living solutions we will soon propose for our living and dining spaces.
Since starting this blog post with Dwell, we’ve connected with individuals who have had a special relationship to Ellwood and the Courtyard Apartments. This week we had a visit from Frank Swig, the first tenant of unit A of the Courtyard Apartments, who lived here from 1953-1962. He shared with us his stories of living here as a bachelor in his 20’s when he came out to Hollywood to work at CBS as an art director. The CBS studios are only a block away and he was walking down our street one day when he saw a 'for rent' sign taped up in the window. Frank gave us a peek into the ‘Mad Men’ era he lived in and the style of the apartment at that time.
He’s the second octogenarian we’ve recently met that has a strong relationship with this building. Al and Trudy Kallis, a couple who wanted to build one of our itHouses, knew the architect, Craig Ellwood, personally and they generously gave us an original copy of a rare Ellwood book with great photos of the Ellwood Apartments when they were brand new. Frank pointed to one of the pictures in the book and said, “See that in the upstairs window? That’s my easel!”
To see images of the project, please visit the slideshow. Click here to read past installments of the series.
Linda Taalman co-directs Taalman Koch Architecture with her partner Alan Koch in Los Angeles, which has completed a number of award-winning projects including the itHouse (AIA LA Merit Award 2008, Sunset Western Home Awards 2009: Best Small Space). Taalman explores architecture through investigations into building technologies and systems, integrating sustainability, practicality and ingenuity. Taalman is an Assistant Professor of Architecture focusing on Building Technology at Woodbury University.
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