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Mid-Century Post and Beam in Silver Lake Asks $2M

Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Mid-Century Post and Beam in Silver Lake Asks $2M

Location: Los Angeles, California
Year built: 1956
Architect: Eugene Kinn Choy
Specs: 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,718 square feet, 0.084 acres
Price: $1,995,000


Born in Guangzhou, China, in 1912, Eugene Kinn Choy immigrated to Southern California with his family as a child. A 1939 graduate of USC’s School of Architecture, Choy established his own firm in 1947 and was the second Chinese American, after I.M. Pei, to join the American Institute of Architects.

In the late 1940s, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the enforcement of racial housing covenants unconstitutional, Choy became one of the first Asian American residents of Silver Lake. Along with his own family’s residence, completed in 1949 and photographed by Julius Shulman the following year, Choy designed a handful of apartment buildings and single-family residences in the neighborhood, including this post and beam at 3022 Windsor Avenue on the southwest side of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Glass doors lead from the open-plan living and dining room to a spacious redwood deck.

Originally a single-story two-bedroom, one-bath home when built in 1956, the house was expanded in 1973 by longtime owners Kiyoshi and Mizuye Kawaguchi, who hired architect Jack Levinson to add a second-story family room and bathroom. A subsequent owner had the hillside home revamped in 2008 by architect–interior designer Thomas Michna, who updated the kitchen and baths, replaced the spiral staircase with a straight one, and converted the upper-level extension into a master suite. Other updates include the addition of a water feature in the front courtyard, redwood deck, and new roof with solar panels.

But plenty of period details remain, among them beamed ceilings, narrow-ribbed wood paneling, a gas fireplace with a floating concrete hearth, and walls of glass with hillside (but not reservoir) views.

In addition to the sizable rear deck and front courtyard with barbecue, exterior spaces include a back garden with multiple terraces. Take a virtual tour here.

Living room with paneled white walls and ceilings, and glass staircase to second floor.
A gas fireplace with a floating hearth is the focal point of the living-room area.
A galley kitchen with white countertops and gray tile backsplash.
The kitchen was updated with Heath tile and Thermador and KitchenAid appliances.
Large room with built-in wooden platform bed, large windows, and olive green beams in the ceilings.
The master suite has a built-in bed and a wall of closets.
A bathroom with a tub, two sinks, and back wall of wooden closets.
The closets extend all the way into the master bath with double sinks and an extra-long tub.
The courtyard of a house with glass walls.
A horizontal fountain runs the length of the home’s front glass wall.
Night time view of a deck with two lounge chairs, overlooking a hilly terrain.
The glass and redwood deck overlooks Primrose Hill.
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