Legendary modernist architect R.M. Schindler designed only a handful of apartment buildings during his iconic career in Southern California, which lasted from his arrival in Los Angeles around 1920 until his death in 1953. One such property, known as the S.T. Falk Apartments, recently hit the market for only the second time since its completion in 1940. Sited on a sloping corner lot in L.A.'s Silver Lake neighborhood, the multifamily structure and each of its four units were also recently restored, with the current owner retaining many original features such as mahogany built-ins and plywood ceilings.
Interestingly, the history of the Falk Apartments also intersects with two other iconic architects: William Krisel and Dan Palmer, whose prolific work includes thousands of midcentury tract houses and many of the so-called "Alexander" homes found in Palm Springs.
As recapped by historian John Crosse, the building's original owners, S.T. and Pauline Falk, so-happened to be Palmer's aunt and uncle. Palmer himself lived in one of the apartments when he first moved to L.A. in 1947, and Krisel designed a pergola atop the building when he was still a student at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1949.
When the duo decided to launch their own firm in 1950, the building's dirt-floored basement reportedly served as their make-shift office for a short period of time.
Last sold in 2015, the building comes with three one-bedroom, one-bath units in addition to the two-bedroom, one-bath penthouse and adjacent garden studio. The hillside location in Silver Lake is also just down the street from two other Schindler-designed buildings: the Bubeshko Apartments and the the Sachs Apartment complex, also known as Manola Court. Keep scrolling to see more images of the penthouse, as well as one of the other units. The entire property is currently listed for $3,650,000.
The S.T. Falk Apartments building, located at 3631 Carnation Avenue in Los Angeles, California, is currently listed for $3,650,000 by Ilana Gafni of Crosby Doe Associates.
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