There may not be a Google doodle in his honor today, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give a shout-out to the righteous and talented Gregory Ain, born on this date 104 years ago. Raised in Lincoln Heights, 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, where one house has just hit the market. Built in 1948, the 1,688 square foot residence, which may qualify for Mills Act tax breaks, features three bedrooms, two baths, original sliding room dividers, clerestory windows, a fireplace in the living room, and walls of glass. Per the listing, there's also a "separate family room / office with extensive landscape/hardscape including an outdoor living room." Last sold in 1993 for $345,000, it's now asking $1.149 million.
· 3530 MEIER St [Redfin]
· Gregory Ain Archives [Curbed LA]