If you aren’t familiar with Edward Fickett, don’t worry you aren’t the only one. His award winning work has been overlooked for years in the history of modern architects. When the population in Southern California surged upon the return of the soldiers from WWII, Fickett wanted to provide first homes to these soldiers for under $20,000. He was a designer of his time, had his choice of clientele, but Mr. Fickett was determined to make quality modern architecture affordable for the masses. He has since designed over 60,000 tract homes that have been recognized as “Fickett Homes”. The design style is synonymous with what is most commonly referred to as California Modernism and he has even been dubbed the Frank Lloyd Wright of the 50’s. After his passing in 1999, he was recognized with the Presidential Merit of Honor, the only architect to gain such recognition. Restorations of these “Fickett Homes” are starting to pop up more frequently and these homes have become an interior designer’s dream.
For Kristin King Interior Design, this dream became a reality with the recent restoration of an Edward Fickett home located in Sherman Oaks, CA. This 2569 sf., 4 bedroom, 3.75 bath home features an open floorplan, indoor-outdoor flow, floor to ceiling windows, and exposed brick and stone throughout. They stayed true to the original architecture, but the interiors were upgraded with amenities that were left out due to budget restraints of the time. Slab floors were replaced with hardwood, the bathrooms were upgraded with all new tile and fixtures, and even a sunken tub was installed in the master suite. The kitchen was completely updated with all new cabinets, countertops, and appliances.
A grand living room features a wall of glass with magnificent views of the valley and an entertainer’s dream with covered patio, fire pits, and a bubbling fountain.
One of the major selling points is the seamless integration of the indoor and outdoor environments complete with koi ponds, waterfalls, and firepits.
The home was restored & remodeled by Ocean Properties, LLC with interior design by by Kristin King Interior Design. The home is currently listed for sale at $1,925,000.
Here is another incredible example of an Edward Fickett Modern Restoration. This Encino home of Warner Walcott and Jonn Coolidge is a perfect blend of furnishings, art, and architectural style. An absolutely beautiful space!
[Photos: Kristin King Interior Design and the LA Times]