I Could Live Here: Harwell H. Harris In Silver Lake


Where: 2305 West Silver Lake Drive, Los Angeles
$6,500 per month
The H.E. Hansen House, 1951

Harwell H. Harris
(1903-1990) was an eminent and influential architect in Mid-Century Los Angeles, and this deceptively simple house he designed for H.E. Hansen in 1951 overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir is one of his best. Among the first to exploit the indoor/outdoor aspect of living in the LA Basin, Harris would eventually move to Texas and on to North Carolina, to teach and build, but this early house synthesizes much of what was in the air at the time, moderating between the woodsy Japonesque of Frank Lloyd Wright and the harder edges of LA Modernists like Richard Neutra. Below, the very private street front doesn’t give much away.

Inside, the living room is flooded with light, illuminated by frosted glass panels and a clerestory, and still retains some built-in furniture, like the closet unit and sofa.

We Could Wake Up Here: The master bedroom opens to a rear patio, set into the lavishly landscaped hillside.

More: Offered by the current owners unfurnished, the Hansen house is one of the most evocative survivors of the era. Go to the agent’s listing for additional details and images. Below, the rear patio at dusk.