Silver Lake Architecture

Between the 1920s and 1930s, developers were encouraged to build by the City and silent film star Antonio Moreno was one of the more well known developers.  His development, the Moreno Highlands, was modeled after Mediterranean villages.  His home, the  Canfield-Moreno Estate, set the architectural theme for many of the houses on the west side of the reservoir.  

Architects such as Neutra, Schindler, Lautner, Wright, Ain, to name a few, were commissioned to build residences between the 1930s and 1950s. Many of these architects created avant garde buildings, but Spanish Mediterranean, with stucco, arches, and roof tiles, is the primary style. 



Canfield-Moreno Estate


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View of Micheltorena Hill (Moreno Highlands)

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Front entrance

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Swimming pool in back

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Fountain in the garden

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One of the guest houses on the estate.

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Eltinge House


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Photo showing Eltinge House under constructioin

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Eltinge House from W. Silver Lake Drive (Cove Avenue is on the left)--(circa 1989)

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View of Silver Lake Reservoir from Eltinge House (looking east)

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Fountain in garden

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Looking down on Eltinge House gardens.  The Silver Lake Reservoir is at teh top of the photo. Note the black smoke stack from a pumping station at the edge of the reservoir (upper left side of photo)


Hathaway Estate  


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