Kiowa Avenue

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11918 Kiowa Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Kiowa Avenue
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Exterior of Kiowa Avenue
Building Information
Number of Units 18
Number of Floors 4
Year Built 1969
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Asphalt
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11918 Kiowa Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Within three blocks
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning R3-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Built during an era where Los Angeles architecture "came into its own," Kiowa Avenue stands as a classic four-story wood-frame building with 18 condominium residences. The building is best known for its extremely gracious interior proportions, offering mainly one and two bedroom units, each with over 1,000 square feet of living space and very open floor plans for its age.

Front View of Kiowa Avenue
As the building approaches its 50th birthday, the city of Los Angeles remembers the era of its construction date in 1969, and its contextual environment of the time. With the city's "modern" architecture that is quickly becoming outdated with its aggressive lines and machine aesthetic, the post-war 1960s architecture has become the city's "new old buildings."

In the 1960s, greater Los Angeles was the center of the aerospace industry and the site of a persistent postwar population boom. This led to unprecedented expansion and large-scale developments that littered across the city. The height restrictions that loomed over the builders of the time created a wider, spread-out city, as opposed to a tall density with a tight land-area. The 1960s were responsible for a vast amount of the areas current cityscape.

With its red-brick and stucco exterior, and its subtle and clean lines and overall modest architectural design, Kiowa Avenue claims the 1960s introduction of Modernism to Los Angeles.

"It was the period in which doubt and memory crept in -- and also, significantly, the moment that consensus broke down within the architecture profession about which new buildings were most important and why."

Although the area of Brentwood is often most well-remembered for being the setting of the 1994 homicide of Nicole Brown Simpson, which led to the highly-publicized trial and acquittal of NFL Legend, O.J. Simpson, the area remains a sought-after location of Los Angeles to call home.

Today, the area of Brentwood offers a calm, residential neighborhood with many palm tree-lined streets that offer many low rise apartment and condominium buildings. The area offers home to many middle-class families. Brentwood offers a suitable place for raising a family, with several private schools and public libraries.[1]



Location

Brentwood is the district on the west side of the City of Los Angeles, just northeast of Santa Monica at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. The area is bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east and Wilshire Boulevard on the south.

Wilshire Boulevard is one of the main streets that runs east and west through Los Angeles. It is named after Henry Gaylord Wilshire, who was an Ohio native who made fortunes in real estate, farming, and gold mining. Wilshire Boulevard was initiated by Henry Wilshire in the 1890s by a clearing of a path in his own barley field. Today, parts of Wilshire Boulevard, such as Wilshire Corridor next to Century City, offer some of the city's busiest areas.

Nearby schools include Brockton Avenue Elementary, Brentwood Science Magnet, Paul Revere Middle School, and University Senior High.

Brentwood Place Shopping Center is located just a couple of blocks away from the building, as well as the many boutiques, stores, eateries, and markets that exist on Wilshire Boulevard.

Nearby outdoor areas that are within walking distance include Brentwood Gardens, Los Angeles National Veterans Park, Westwood Park, Brentwood Country Club, and Stoner Park Playground.[2]


Construction

Exterior Façade of Kiowa Avenue

The 1960s were an interesting time for construction, architecture, and development in Los Angeles. During this time, many well-known architects such as Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center, and Edward Durell Stone began experimenting with their projects. They began adding curves and ornaments to their designs. Many of the era's architectural breakthroughs were set in 1965.

Problems arose with the postwar architecture of this era, particularly with the use of new, lightweight materials that were too flexible and intended for temporary usage. Height restrictions that loomed over the pending high-rise building plans are said to have been in place out of the city's fear of earthquakes. The city first enacted a height limit in 1904, just a year and a half before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The geologic instability of the Los Angeles area was overlooked to one exception, the building of the 1926 City Hall which remained the city's tallest building for 40 years at 454 feet.

Finally in 1956 after much pressure, voters repealed the 52 year old limit and replaced it with one restricting a building's total floor area to no more than 13 times the area of the lot. With that came a flurry of new skyscraper construction. The City Hall building was surpassed in 1968 by the 40 story Union Bank Square building.

In 1989, the 73 story U.S. Bank Tower became the tallest building west of the Mississippi.[3]

These changing height restrictions of the time, however, were not of any influence to Kiowa Avenue. This wood-frame, four story building features clean lines and many windows and balconies at its exterior.

The beige stucco and red brick exterior provides an attractive backdrop to the tree-lined street. The straight-forward architectural designer features a flat roof-line and a street-level entrance. The building encompasses a lot size of 14,176 square feet or 0.33 acres.[4]

Layout and Features

Large layouts of 1,000 to 1,500 square feet are offered at Kiowa Avenue, most of which of one to two bedrooms. Wide open layouts are offered in each residence, with open floor plans that were rare during its building time. Many of these modern floor plans have been modernized in terms of their finishes and features as well.

Large foyer entrances offer a fluid approach to the large living areas, many of which have been updated with modern hardwood floors, designer paint, and updated light fixtures throughout. The large windows allow for plenty of natural lighting to fill the spaces, especially at the corner or end units. Large gas fireplaces provide for cozy warmth in the colder months. Each residence comes complete with a large balcony.

Many of the large walk-through kitchens have been remodeled with updated kitchen cabinetry, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and recessed lighting. Many of the kitchens lead directly to the dining areas and then the large living rooms sit adjacent to the kitchens. Some of the layouts have utilized French limestone floors in their renovations.

Master bedrooms are gracious in size and offer large walk-in closets with extra linen closets throughout. Some layouts also feature office nooks and dual sink vanities in the bathrooms.

Floor plans often feature the second bedrooms on the opposite side with its own en-suite bathroom for the highest functionality and versatility. The building offers a common laundry room, but many of the residences have been upgraded with in-unit washers and dryers.[5]

Floor Plans

There are no floor plans available at this time. Here are some interior photos.


Amenities

Amenities offered at Kiowa Avenue include:

  • Updated Lobby
  • On-site Parking
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Common Laundry Room
  • Trash Chute

Bylaws

Kiowa Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

As the many buildings of the 1960s across the Greater Los Angeles area began approaching their 50th birthdays, they began being threatened by many developers who wished to tear them down to replace them with more efficient "greener" buildings. The fact is that, many of these buildings were undoubtedly constructed without their effects on the planet in mind. Many of these buildings are very inefficient by today's eco-friendly standards.

However, in response to the developers' wishes, preservationists like the Los Angeles Conservancy and the National Trust for Historic Preservation outlined the energy required to demolish the buildings and start from scratch, determining that this would be just as wasteful as simply allowing the 1960s building's to continue serving their purposes.

Many of the interiors have been updated with sustainable features such as energy-efficient appliances, lighting, hardwood flooring, stone counter tops, and marble bathrooms.[6]

Trivia

LAX Theme Building

Voted as a favorite in “The Sixties Turn Fifty” event launched by the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee, which celebrated the 50th year mark for the 1960s architectural buildings across Greater Los Angeles, the Theme Building stands as an iconic landmark from this post-war era.

Located at the Los Angeles International Airport in the Westchester neighborhood of the city, the structure opened in 1961 as an example of Mid-Century designs known as "Googie" or "Populuxe," which in this case closely resembles an alien UFO. This flying saucer like building is perched on its four legs, and was designed by a team of architects and engineers led by William Pereira and Charles Luckman, with the original design of the building by James Langenheim.

In 1993 the building was designated as a cultural and historical monument, and in 1997 the "Encounter Restaurant" opened inside the building after an extensive $4 million dollar renovation designed by Walt Disney Imagineering. Visitors were then able to ride an elevator up to the observation level, which is located on the roof of the restaurant.[7]


References

  1. LA Times
  2. Walk Score
  3. KCET
  4. Estately
  5. Gibson Intl
  6. Flavor Wire
  7. Wikipedia


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