Los Feliz Manor Los Angeles

November 28, 2008

Los Feliz Manor

Editor’s Note:This column will focus each month on the various historical treasures found in the Los Feliz and Silver Lake areas, the history behind those structures as well as contemporary architecture.

Let’s start with a real beauty. You probably drive by the Los Feliz Manor apartment building everyday! Majestically towering over Los Feliz Boulevard near the corner of Vermont Avenue, it is an impressive five-story apartment building designed by Jack Grundfor.

Constructed in 1929 as a hotel and converted to apartments in the 1950’s. It’s surface is highly detailed with turquoise glazed terra cotta tile and it’s massing rises toward the sky.

Conceived during the Art Deco period of the 1920’s the structure also shows the influence of ancient Mayan architecture. This is seen in the graduated stepped openings on the façade and in the details of the roofline. Perhaps this is also an indication of the influence of the Ennis Brown house, further up in the hills, designed five years earlier by Frank Lloyd Wright?

Inside beautiful large plate glass windows are framed with intricate decorative ironwork. The lavishly detailed lobby mirrors the magnificence of the façade with decorative ironwork at the stair railing, wall sconces and an entire ceiling covered with ornately hand painted Art Deco motifs.

Each original apartment door is made from Philippine mahogany featuring a floral carving surrounding the highly detailed metal grille covering the peephole. The elevator is wood paneled and features the original operating panel. Many of the apartments have a historic feature on the interior in the form of a Murphy bed. Remember those? They are the beds that you pull down from the wall and push up again in the morning to put away in order to have more room in a small apartment.

In addition the apartments feature the original tile work and 10-foot open beamed ceilings. Many years have been spent restoring architectural details and fixtures maintaining the elegance of this gem. For more photos of the interiors and info visit http://www.losfelizmanor.com

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