modernique homes


Architect Gregory Ain (1908-1988) built 52 homes on the two block Modernique Homes Tract in 1948 with the goal of providing cost-efficient housing to low and middle income families while using the principles of modern design. This two block area in Mar Vista is now a Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zone which means that home-owners cannot make exterior modifications that alter the style of the protected houses. The USC-trained architect apprenticed with Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, and served as chief engineer during World War II for Charles and Ray Eames in the development of their plywood chairs. A champion of the working class, Ain is best known for the post-war housing tracts he designed with them in mind, including Altadena’s Park Planned Homes, Silver Lake’s Avenel Cooperative, Reseda’s Community Homes project, and Mar Vista’s “Modernique” project.

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