Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Fisher, Frederick, Architect (firm); Frederick Fisher (architect)

Dates: constructed 1978-1979

2 stories

230 East San Juan Avenue
Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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Architect Frederick Fisher (born ) received this commission from a fellow architect, Thane Roberts, a friend of his in the Venice artistic community. (Roberts left Los Angeles to work for Moshe Safdie in Montreal.) Roberts had already done some work on it. For Fisher, this was his first professional job, buiding this residence for Loren Caplin, a music writer/producer, and his wife Linda. Fisher spoke about the residence in the book of interviews, L.A. [Ten]: "The house on the far right here is my drawing of the Caplin House, and that's the rook flipped upside down; it's the metaphor of the hull of the boat. Loren's wife, Lori, is French, and grew up on a barge on the Seine River, and I wanted to recreate this memory in her of living in this boat. That little courtyard is the living room. The metaphors don't have anything to do with each other, but there was the metaphor of the living room as the town square of the family--it's where everyone meets." (See Frederick Fisher, L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s-1990s, [Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2014], p. 225.)

PCAD id: 19239