Stephen Kanner: Post-Modern Santa Monica Condo


Remember Post-Modernism? OK, you’re probably too young. But this 1981 condominium complex in Santa Monica is a classic example of what was once a radical surprise, and there’s a unit for sale.

The basics: a triplex condominium with two bedrooms, two baths, two fireplaces and two parking spaces in an 18-unit building, asking $699,000. Not so basic: an apartment complex in a form no one had seen before, combining industrial details like exposed ductwork and pipe railings with unusual window openings, elements that thirty years later no longer surprise us. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor, an open living space above, and a loft space on the third level leading to a small terrace and the roof, all connected with a three-story interior stairwell. 

A ground-breaking (no pun intended) and award-winning project by a young architect (sadly,  now recently-deceased) Stephen Kanner, while working at the firm Urban Arts. Kanner was a third-generation Los Angeles architect known for his witty design style. Here he translated the industrial forms of factory buildings into stucco and galvanized steel, repeating elements and giving them rhythm, and invoking the work of early modernists like Le Corbusier. More about Kanner and his career here, including a gallery of his work.

The condo was originally put on the market in June, 2010, priced at $799,000. More info and aerial views of the property at Redfin. The listing broker, Deasy/Penner & Partners, specializes in architectural properties. More images of this condo plus their other listings at Home As Art.


Listing: 2433 28th Street, #G, Santa Monica [Deasy/Penner & Partners]


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