The Jenkyns House, at 1973 Redesdale Avenue in Silver Lake was conceived by Josef Van der Kar in 1960.Â Currently on its third owners, the The Jenkyns House is a prime example of modernist architecture and carries many of the traits made famous by the architect.Â Punctuated by walls of glass, open living spaces and a brick wall fireplace, it is easily recognizable as one of Van der Karâ€™s works.
Â Josef Van der Kar was a second-generation modernist known both for his political activism as well as his architecture. In the early 40â€™s, â€œVanâ€ as he was known to friends, collaborated with fellow architect Gregory Ain (some of whose creations can also be found inÂ Silver Lake) on a postwar housing project.Â The â€˜Community Homesâ€ project was to exemplify utopian ideas but when the FHA imposed covenants to ban sales of the homes to minorities, Ain and Van der Kar refused to comply and project never came to fruition.
Vanâ€™s creations are flat roofed, post and beam homes with sliding glass walls that bring the outdoors inside. Interior doors swing or slide away, allowing the occupant to change room configurations for their own purposes- Similar to the Avenel Housing Project in Silver Lake, designed by Gregory Ain in 1947.Â Â 1973 Redesdale Avenue in Silver Lake is infused with many of these design elements.
The Jenkyns House at 1973 Redesdale Ave in Silver Lake if as lovely post and beam home, set up off the street with walls of glass providing great views of the Silver Lake Reservoir.Â The front half of the house is built over the two-car carport and there is an enclosed garden patio off to side. The outdoor area includes a brick firplace for outdoor entertaining and relaxing.
The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1,840 square feet of living space. Â On the first level there are two bedrooms with a shared bath room. On this level youÂ â€™ll also find the main living areas of living, dining room and kichen. . Exposed beams and floor to ceiling glass are a signature of mid century modern homes of this period.
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