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Classic Home 059

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Exterior overview of Classic Home 059, Urcel Daniel house, by Gregory Ain, Architect.

This house was built in Los Angeles in 1939 on an extremely steep site. The foundation is an 8- by 20-foot (2.4- by 6.1-meter) concrete caisson with rigidly braced 4- by 4-inch (10- by 10-centimeter) posts, 4 feet (122 centimeters) on center. The exterior construction is stucco on metal lath. A large window on the south looks out over an adjacent lot, which is considerably lower. Otherwise, the main windows do not face the street or adjacent property.

The interior finishes are a natural white-pine plywood for the walls and insulite for the ceilings. Drawers and cupboards in the kitchen open into the dinette. A 16-foot (4.9-meter) long bookcase screens the entry from the living room. Tract restrictions demanded a sloping roof, which is exposed inside. The hollow hipped shell includes pergolas over the entry porch and living room deck.

From Classic Modern Homes of the Thirties, by James Ford and Katherine Morrow Ford, originally published as "The Modern House in America," copyright 1940. The 1989 edition is published by Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-25927-7.

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Main floor plan.
Gregory Ain, Architect.

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