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GREGORY AIN (1908-1988)

Born in Pittsburgh PA, Ain was raised in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles CA. For a short time during childhood, the Ain family lived at Llano del Rio, an experimental collective farming colony in the Antelope Valley of California.

He was inspired to become an architect after visiting the Schindler House as a teenager. He attended the University of Southern California School of Architecture in 1927–28 but dropped out after feeling limited by the school's Beaux Arts training.

His primary influences were Schindler and Neutra. He lived in Neutra's then-new VDL Research House for a while and worked for Neutra from 1930 to 1935. He also worked for Harwell Hamilton Harris.

Ain's first wife was the roommate of Galka Scheyer, the client for Ain's first completed commission working with Neutra. Beginning in 1935, Ain cultivated a practice designing modest houses for working-class clients featuring flexible floor plans and open kitchens. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1940 to study prefab housing. During WWII, he was Chief Engineer for Charles and Ray Eames in the development of their well-known plywood chairs.

After working for the Eames office, he formed a partnership with architects Joseph Johnson and Alfred Day and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo to design large housing tracts. He later had a partnership with James Garrott, a black architect. They built a small office building together on Hyperion Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood. Ain also taught architecture at USC after WWII.

Ain's projects attracted the attention of Philip Johnson, the curator of architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, who engaged Ain to build a house in the Museum's garden in 1950. At the same time, Ain was perceived as a communist, and the growing "Red Scare" caused him to lose several opportunities, including participation in the Case Study Program.

Ain left California and from 1963 to 1967, he served as the Dean of the Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture. He died in 1988, leaving one daughter, Emily.

Ain's papers are at the Architecture and Design Collection at the University of California Santa Barbara. A movie,The Bauhaus Ranch (aka 1000 sf) documenting Ain's life was produced in 2013 by Christiane Robbins. Adapted from Wikipedia. Special thanks to Catherine Westergaard Cramer for extensive research.

"Ain idolized Schindler," recalls architect John Blanton, who for a time also worked for Neutra. "But Ain was more user-oriented; he wanted his designs to work for the clients, and therefore might compromise style. Because of this, clients loved him."


1929 - The Mrs. C. Ain Triple Dwelling, Los AngelesCA. Unbuilt.

1929 - The Evans and Zukin Construction Company Apartment House,
191 North La Brea Avenue, Los AngelesCA. Unbuilt.

1929 - The Archie Lamm Five Foot Module Home, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1929 - The Lipschitz and Tobin Sixteen Unit Apartment Building, Los Angeles CA. A collaboration of Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra. Unbuilt.

1929 - The M. & S. Stutz Residence, Huntington Park, Los AngelesCA. Unbuilt.

1930 - The Gregory Ain Apartment Renovation I, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1931 - The Gregory Ain Rented Apartment Renovation, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.



 1932 - The J. Ford Henderson House, Echo Park, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.




 1932 - The E. W. Pottle Residence, Beverly Hills CA. Designed with Richard Neutra. Unbuilt.

1935 - The Billie Whiskers House, Altadena CA. Unbuilt. 

1936 - The Benjamin Berg House, 6362 Bryn Mawr Drive, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1936 - The S. Hunter House, designed in collaboration with Harwell Hamilton Harris.  Unbuilt.





1936 - The Glazer Duplex, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. 

1937 - The Charles Edwards House, 5642 Holly Oak Drive, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1936. Harwell Hamilton Harris assisted Ain with the design. The house had its floor plate fastened to the foundation with steel straps, an unusual seismic precaution in 1936. There was a fire around 1975. Restored by Theodore Lindauer. Declared a Historical Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles in 1983. Altered in 1996. Sold to Christine Chatterton.


1937 - The Ansalem A. Ernst House I, 5670 Holly Oak Drive, Los Angeles CA. Built by Shy Kaplan. Sold in 1994 to John Kevin Laffey. This is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 840.  For sale in 2016.




1937 - The Misch House, 5656 Tuxedo Terrace, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. 



 

 1937 - The Byler House, 914 West Avenue 37, Mount Washington, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2005 to Mark and Samantha Jones.  Sold in 2008 to Ryan and Robert Hirahara. For sale, in bad shape, in 2013.





 1937 - The Count Hamilton Von Breton House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1938 - The A. O. Beckman House I, 357 North Citrus Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Designed with Visscher Boyd. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Sold in 2004 to Brooke Anderson. Featured in Arts and Architecture February 1941; Architectural Record July 1940.

1938 - The Sydney Brown Remodel, 1608 Elevado Street, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1913. 2,600 sf. Sold in 1989 to Sid Panush. 

1938 - The Model Plywood Panel House, designed in collaboration with Visscher Boyd. Unbuilt.









1938 - The Isaac C. Goldberg House, 4700 Noeline Avenue, Encino CA. Remodeled in 1961. Sold in 2001 to Vardit Zilberstein, who beefed it up to 20,000 sf (middle photo) and eliminated almost all the Modernist design. 

 

1938 - The Roth House, location unknown. Unbuilt.

1938 - The Herbert Stoltz House, West 62nd Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.


1938 - The Ben and Clara Eisenstadt House, 3428 Blair Drive, Los Angeles CA. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Altered in 1978. Sold in 2003 to John D. Monte.


1938 - The Slavko Vorkapich Studio/Guest House and Garage, 2100 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills CA. This was one of the earliest prefab plywood houses. Vorkapich was a Serbian-American film director and editor and Chair of USC film school. There are photos of the house in Decorative Art: The Studio Yearbook. The guest house was demolished in the late 1990's. A new house/guest house was built 2001. Sold in 2013 to Kusai S. Aziz.


1939 - The L. Becker House, 1828 San Jacinto Street, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1938. The second owners enclosed the deck behind the garage. Sold in 1960 to Roy and Delores Dundas. Sold in 2003 to architect Barry Milofsky who did a renovation lasting until 2007.


1939 - The Urcel Daniel House, 1856 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. B/W photo by Julius Shulman. Featured in California Arts and Architecture August 1940. Designed with Visscher Boyd and George Argon. Sold in 2006 to the Ilze Lozencins Trust.  Sold in 2014 to Dominic Mondavi.


1939 - The Marjorie Eaton House, 945 Old Trace Road (formerly 26915 Old Trace Road), Palo Alto CA. Sold to P. and C. Burke. Sold in 1991 to Robert and Diane Master, who did a major restoration by Lee and Carol Lippert. Photos by Norbert Von der Groeben.


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1939 - The Margaret and Harry Hay House, 3132 Oakcrest Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold to Hannah Muldevin. Sold in 1999 to Eric Klusman. Sold in 2007 to Constance L. Han. Was up for auction in 2013 but did not sell. B/W photos by Julius Shulman.


1939 - The Dunsmuir Flats Apartments, 1281 Dunsmuir Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1937. 4 units, 2 bedrooms/1.5 bath each. Sold to Jeffrey Kerns. Sold in 1988 to Robert King. Sold in 1999 Brian and Leanne Jewett. Sold in 2006 to Joseph Schwarzenbach who put it into trust in 2008. B/W photos by Julius Shulman.


1940 - The Hoffman House, 5732 Buffalo Avenue, Van Nuys area of Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1938. The original design was too expensive and Ain reduced it. The FHA turned down the next design because it was "too modern." Ain added a slanted roof in front but kept the flat roof in rear and FHA approved. Nordquist, the builder, enlisted the help of his father who was a Swedish master craftsman who built the house so well that despite several major earthquakes over the course of 40 years, the house never developed a single crack due to earthquake damage. Sold by the Hoffmans in 1998 to Roger Neustaedter. Deeded to a trust with Neustaedter and Elaine Powell. 


1939 - The Sam Tierman House, 2323 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. Designed with Visscher Boyd. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Sold in 2000 to Kristyn and Steven Dunston.  Sold in 2002 to John Knight and Michelle D. Taylor.


 

1939 - The Homasote Panel House, location unknown. Unbuilt.


1939 - The Fred and Diana Rivin House, Colony Circle, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.








1939 - The Abraham and Rose Scharlin House, 2363 Silver Ridge Avenue, Los Angeles CA. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Both the garage and the main house have been substantially altered and added onto. As of 2011, owned by the Scharlin family trust. 


1939 - The Art Shapiro House, 731 North Sweetzer, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1939 - The Nathan and Ruth Sloate House, Alcyona Drive, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.


1939 - The One Family Defense Housing, aka the Minimum House, designed with Joseph A. Stein. This is the model. Unbuilt.


 1940 - The Benjamin Berg House, Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1940 - The Bert Farmer House, 3335 North Knoll Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. House there as of 2011 was built in 1983. 

1940 - The Dorothy Goldman House, 3817 Rhodes Avenue, Studio City, CA. Unbuilt. The house at that address was built in 1948. 






1940 - The Joseph Stein House, unbuilt. Photos of the model by Julius Shulman.

 

1940 - The Alexander Hural House, 6281 Vine Way, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1938. The upper level used to have a dental lab. Sold in 1971 to James and Frances Keane, who still owned it as of 2015. They put a wet bar in place of the dental lab. When they first bought it, Ain and Esther McCoy came around and McCoy told them to never remove Ain's signature showers. They didn't. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Bottom photo by Kent von Severin.


1940 - The Low-cost Community Housing Development, Southgate CA. Unbuilt.

1940 - The Benjamin Berg, Max B. Sosin, and Lawrence Goldman project: three cooperative residences on Rhodes Avenue or Street, North Hollywood, CA. Unbuilt.  According to Sosin's daughter, they were "absolute Communists" who wanted communal housing. For Goldman, there were two more house schemes in 1941 and 1946; all unbuilt.


1940 - The Brett Weston House and Studio, 547 East Rustic Road, Santa Monica CA. A structure was indeed built, needs verification as an Ain.


1941 - The Ruth March Ain House, 7964 Willow Glen Road, Los Angeles CA. She was Ain's second wife. Sold in 2007 to Adelle Lutz.


1941 - The Benjamin Berg House, 3817 Rhodes Avenue, Studio City CA. Same address as the 1940 Goldman project. The house there now was built in 1948. Needs verification as an Ain.  Sold in 2003 to Elizabeth J. and John Alan Simon.


1941 - The Doncaster G. Humm House, Long Beach CA. Unbuilt.

1941 - The Ella Ludwig House, 1255 North Clark Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. However, a nice modern house was built on the lot in 1962. 

1941 - The James Schmidt House, Morro Bay CA. Unbuilt.

1941 - The Max B. Sosin House, Rhodes Street or Avenue, North Hollywood, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

 1941 - The Agnar Wahlberg House, Los Nietos Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.


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1941 - The Henry Mayers Guest and Pool House, 2444 Silver Ridge Avenue, Silver Lake, Los Angeles CA. This was an addition to a 1930's English Tudor house. Sold in 2012 to Robert B. Garant and Cathy Shim.


1941 - The Alice Orans House, 2404 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2011 to Bernard Carpenter. 


1940's - The Dodge Family Hunting Cabin Renovation, 6855 Pacific View, Los Angeles CA. Now listed as a duplex with 6853 as the other unit. Original house built in 1912. Sold to the Gainsboro family, who owned it for over 80 years, lastly through the Helen Tina Gainsboro Trust. Ain remodeled one side (6853), Schindler the other. Ain is listed as living there in 1956.  6853 was sold in 2010 to Rummel Bautista.


1943 - The Jocelyn and Jan Domela House, Tarzana CA. Commissioned 1942. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Featured in California Arts and Architecture April 1943. Do you know where it is?




 1942 - The Robert H. Parker House, 615 Lemon Avenue, Azusa CA. A version of the Minimum house. Unbuilt.

1944 - The Wesley Barrett Alterations, 2958 Westbrook Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.



1947 - The Clifton Clay House, 12924 Sarah Street, Studio City CA. Commissioned 1945. Sold to Dominador Tugarde. Sold in 2000 to Michael Schwartz. Sold in 2002 to Frances and Grant Delgatty. Sold in 2006 to Shahab Aledarood. Sold in 2012 to Harborrow Mortgage. Sold in 2013 to Won and Young Choi. 



1945 - The Michael Leshing Sixteen Family Apartment Building, 1726 North Harvard Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Included private front doors and backyards. Unbuilt. 

1946 - The Alex Blumstein House, Albata Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Ain would use this floor plan, with slight variations, for the Community Homes, Avenel Homes, Mar Vista Housing, and other houses. 



1946 - The Alexander Cole House, 3642 Lowry Road, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1986 to the Leon Angvire II Trust.



1946 - The Lawrence Goldman House, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1946 - The Lucile Veterans Homes, Inc., Apartments, 1311-1323 Lucile Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt due to soil problems at the hillside site.

1946 - The Park Planned Homes, Highland Avenue, Altadena CA. Designed in collaboration with Eckbo, Royston and Williams. This was one of the first Modernist housing developments in the country. 60 units were planned but only 28 were built, due to material shortages and theft. Units include 2744, 2745, 2750, 2751, and 2762, and those below.

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2768 - Sold in 2011 to Mary Newcomb and Kathleen Kennedy.

Gregory Ain Altadena - 2769 Highview Ave - backyard view
2769 - Sold to Jeff and Leslie Suhy since at least 2011.

2781 - Wendell and Elizabeth Watts since 2007.

2786 - Norberto and Carlyn Oropez, 2010; Mark Irwin, 2005.


2787 - Maita Prout since 2011; Alex Sidney and Melba Alexander, 2005.

2800- Bruce Toms since 2005.

2801 - Olsen and Wendell Rogers Family Trust since 1989.

2804 - Varetta Heidelberg since 2002.

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2805 - Sold in 2005 to Omar Yassin.

2816 - Zeophia Herbert since 1979.

2817 - Jay Wolkoff since 2004.

2822 - Lewis and Robin Warren since 2005; Robert and Patricia Edwards, 1992.


2823 - Renee Krumweide and Paul G. Roy 8/30/13; Marceline Mims since 2006.

2834 - Sold in 1988 to Ruth Coley.

2835 - Reddy Sravanth since 2011; Denise Betts, 2005; Sharon Ware, 1998; Paul Boucher, 1992.

2840 - Lash Rae Pullam since 2010; Roosevelt Pullam Trust, 1996.

2841 - Damon Clecker since 2008.

2852 - Sold in 2003 to Paula Walker.

2853 - Sold in 2011 to Nicholas Weis and Juliette Jacqmin.

2858 - Sold in 2008 to Stuart Baur.


1946 - The Eric Schauer House, Ridge Oak Drive, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1946 - The Albert Tarter and A. Salic Houses, two adjoining, 2224 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1947 - The Mrs. Darby House, Palos Verdes CA. Unbuilt.

1947 - The Martha Frank House with adaptive use as a school, Haverford Avenue, Pacific Palisades CA. Unbuilt.

 1947 - The Leslie Gray House, 7711 Firenze Avenue, Los Angeles CA.  Unbuilt. House there as of 2011 was built in 1954.


1947 - The Lena Horne Alterations, 2136 Nichols Canyon Road, Los Angeles CA. However, in the book, "Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne" by James Gavin, there is no mention of an alteration or any relationship with Ain. Assessor has house dated 1942/1943 (usually a second date means when there was an improvement). 

"Horne appealed to a Jewish friend to help her locate a house (in 1947). "Something away where I won't offend anyone," she added ruefully. (She is talking about the restrictions in neighborhoods based on race.) She wound up in Nichols Canyon, a mostly liberal neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. Her new address, 2136 Nichols Canyon, lay on the winding road where Betty Garrett lived; Ava Gardner was close by."

 So it is possible that he indeed did some interior alterations for her. This is from the book Gregory Ain: The Modern home as Social Commentary by Anthony Denzern:

 In 1946, 15 members of the motion picture cartoonists union met to discuss forming a housing cooperative. It would prove to be Ain's largest project, called "Community Homes", and had it been realized, certainly the most significant. Homes were to be laid out on an L-shaped parcel at the northeast corner of Victory Blvd and White Oak, bounded by Van Owen and Louise Avenue, in Van Nuys. The co-op grew from 15 homes to 280. Ain worked with architects Joseph Johnson and Alfred W. Day, forming a brief partnership of Ain, Johnson and Day, with their office in Silverlake. The project hit a snag with the conservative political positioning of the FHA and its restrictive covenants (the co-op members were 15% non-white, including Lena Horne), and the co-op eventually disbanded by 1949. Later that year the land was sold.

Needs verification.


 1947 - The McCall's Magazine House, "Home of the Month", New York NY. Unbuilt.


1948 - The Mar Vista Housing, Beethoven, Moore, Meier, and Marco Place, Venice CA. The Mar Vista Tract development was planned in 1947 for one hundred homes on a 60-acre lot by Advance Development Company. The first stage of 52 homes with 7 house types was the final stage. No more were built. By rotating the one floor plan in different directions, Ain was able to create a sense of variation between the houses.The development was designated as a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone by the City of Los Angeles in 2003. There are 52 addresses. 

The model house was 3508 Moore Street, originally owned by James and Jeanette Donnell. Steve and Susanna Shinmoto owned it in 2006. Sold in 2012 to Dianne Vanderlip.


1948 - The Eric Barrett House, 3741 Woodstock Road, Hollywood Hills, CA. Unbuilt.


1948 - The Avenel Homes Cooperative Apartments, 2839-2847 1/2 Avenel Street, Los Angeles CA. Designed with Johnson and Day. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, an unusually successful cooperative FHA-funded project where ten families pooled resources.

2843 Avenel: TheCarl & Dorothy Brant House. They pushed out the living room and the southeast bedroom to add about 200 square feet to the original floor plan. Carl & Dorothy lived at the property until they passed away. First sold in 2013 to Stephen Pang.

2841 1/2 Avenel: The Serril & Lilli Gerber House. First sold in 2006 to Kevin Lane. Sold in 2010 to achary Rae.

2847 1/2 Avenel: Sold to Loretta Coha. Sold 1992 to architect Gordon Olschlager. He restored the unit back to how Gregory Ain had originally designed it. He was instrumental in helping Avenel attain the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Sold in 2012 to Howard Petersen.


1949 - The Hyman and Dorothy Miller House, 1634 Gilcrest Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Commissioned 1948. Designed with Joseph Johnson and Alfred Day.  Interiors by Greta Grossman. Landscaping by Garrett Eckbo. Featured in Arts and Architecture, April 1950. Altered in 1978. Sold to Renaud Callet in 1993. Sold in 1994 to Gilcrest Development. Sold around 1996 to Richard and Marjorie Alden. Sold in 2004 to Nora Ephron and Nicolas Pileggi. 


1948 - The Community Homes Cooperative, Reseda CA. Unbuilt. Designed with architects Johnson and Day.


1948 - The Morris Cohn Renovation and Addition, 4274 Bakman Avenue, North Hollywood, Los Angeles CA. Needs verification.


1948 - The William F. and Dororthy Gantvoort House, 3778 Hampstead Road, La Cananda Flintridge CA. Unbuilt. he Gantvoorts took the drawings to Taliesen West, where Frank Lloyd Wright reportedly told them, "your architect has labored mightily and brought forth a barn." The Gantvoorts decided to hire John Lautner instead.


1948 - The Hacienda Village Housing Extension, Los Angeles CA, in collaboration with Burnett C. Turner. Designed with Johnson and Day. Unbuilt. The project was ultimately designed and completed by Richard Neutra and Paul R. Williams.

1948 - The Donald Metz House, Sunset Vale Avenue, Hollywood area of Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1948 - The George Rourke House, Hazen Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt.


1948 - The Leo Salkin / Albert Tarter Adjoining Houses, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. The owners later decided to live separately as shown below.


1948 - The Leo Salkin House, 2230 Griffith Park Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2012 to Matthew Linnell and Amy Davila. Has been altered.


 

1948 - The Albert Tarter House, 2401 St. George Street, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1997 to Lynn Salle. 


1948 - The Robert Schairer House, 11750 Chenault Street, Brentwood CA. Sold to the Mary Schairer Trust. Sold in 2013 to new owners who plan a remodel.


1949 - The Holley Dickenson House, 325 Sequoia Drive, Pasadena CA. Unbuilt. 


 

1949 - The John C. Wilfong House, 3250 Mesaloa Lane, Altadena CA. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Designed with Joseph Johnson and Alfred Day. Sold to Kaye Hilburn. There was a fire in 1993. Destroyed, replaced in 1995 with new house, bottom photo. 








1950 - The Mutual Housing Association, Brentwood area of Los Angeles CA. Designed with Whitney Smith, Edgardo Contini, James Charlton, and Wayne Wiliams. Landscape design by Garrett Eckbo. Developed by four musicians. Featured in Arts and Architecture September 1948 and March 1949, and January 1952; Progressive Architecture February 1951 and October 1983. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Featured in Architectural Record April 1951.







1950 - The Bel Air Garden Apartments, Bel Air area of Los Angeles CA. Featured in Architectural Record April 1951. Status unknown.



1950 - The A. O. Beckman House II, 15622 Meadow Gate Road, Encino CA. Sold to actress Valerie Curtin.



1950 - The Grant Dahlstrom House, 780 Laguna Road, Pasadena CA. Unbuilt. They consulted Ain but later hired John Lautner.









1950 - The Joseph L. Hurschler House, 1200 Hillcrest Avenue, Pasadena CA. Designed by Joseph Johnson and Alfred Day. Photos by Fritz Block.  Destroyed in the late 1980's.



1950 - The Leo Mesner House, 1141 Stone Canyon Road, Bel Air area of Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.



1950 - The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Woman's Home Companion Exhibition House, 4 West 54th Street, New York NY. Designed with Johnson and Day. Presumed destroyed after the exhibition. Details.







1951 - The Walter W. Ralphs, Jr. House, 1350 Linda Ridge Drive, Pasadena CA. Commissioned 1950. Ralphs was part of the Ralphs family grocery store chain. B/W photo by Julius Shulman. Sold around 1989 to the Everett Palmer Family Trust. Sold around 2014.

1951 - The Edward Mesner Remodel, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. 


1951 - The Leo Mesner House I, 13957 Valley Vista Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2011 to the James Whitney Trust.


1953 - The Leo Mesner House II, 14571 Valley Vista Boulevard, Sherman Oaks CA. Commissioned 1951. Original address was Encino. Sold in 1989 to Barry and Sharon Wegman. Sold in 1994 to Alexander Soroka. Sold in 2005 to Max and Alla Krumer. B/W photos by Julius Shulman. Main house was substantially altered in 2008.


 

1951 - The Jerry Silvers House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1952 - The James Handschiegl House, Carnavon Way, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1952 - The Eric Hausner House, De Vargas Development and Subdivision, Santa Fe NM. Unbuilt. Ain also designed of a shop in a hotel in 1952 for Mrs. Hausner that was unbuilt.


1952 - The Ben Margolis House, 5786 Valley Oak Drive, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1951. The guest house, last photo, was designed by Pierre Koenig. Sold to the Koppany Family Trust. Sold to Ame Austin in 2012.


1953 - The Fred Feldman House, 1181 Angelo Drive, Los Angeles CA. Feldman was Ain's therapist. Transferred to the Gwen Silman (Feldman) Trust in 2011. Sold in 2014 to Josh Borris, Angelo Drive LLC. Expanded to 11,000 sf in 2016.  For sale in 2016.


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1953 - The Richard "Dick" and Adrienne Tufeld House, 11010 Wrightwood Place, Studio City CA. Commissioned 1952. Landscape design by Garrett Eckbo.  Sold in 2014 to Rachel Zabar.


 

1954 - The Walter M. Tasem House, 9400 Lloyd Crest Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1955 - The M. Firestone House, Willow Glen Road, Los Angeles. Unbuilt.


1955 - The Boyd Mathews House, 4039 San Raphael(now Rafael) Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1988 to Robert E. Dawson. 


1955 - The William T. Oliver House, 2885 Edgewick Road, Glendale CA. As of 2012, still in the Betty A. Oliver Trust.


1956 - The Anna Kulka Apartments, 11650 Chenault Street, Brentwood. Unbuilt.


1956 - Brunswick and Saunders Apartments,Fulton Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

 1956 - The Heinz Kaufman House, 2318 Earl Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. 


1957 - The William M. Asher Additions and Alterations, 263 Loring Avenue, Westwood, Los Angeles CA. Original house was 1946. Has been in the Ellen Schlosberg Trust since 2010, transferred from her and husband Norman in 2005.


1957 - The Hartford Mandel House, 2772 Hollyridge Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. 

1957 - The Robert and Dorothy Kahan Alterations, 914 North Kings Road, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.


 

1958 - The Fred Ayoob, Leo Mesner, and Goldie Wolf Apartment Buildings, 18400 Malden Street, 18421 Malden Street, and 18422 Napa Street, Northridge CA. 18400 Malden is an apt house built in 1961; nothing listed at 18421 Malden Street; 18422 Napa Street built 1963.  Needs verification as Ain projects.


 

1958 - The Louis Gold House, San Vicente Boulevard, Santa Monica CA. Unbuilt.


 

1959 - The Ralph B. Atkinson House, 39140 Highway 1, Monterey CA, near the Bixby Bridge. Designed with James Homer Garrott. This is one of the most beautiful lots in America. Atkinson died in 1975. Sold in 2000 to Armand and Eliane Neukermans.


 

1959 - The Eric P. Hausner Additions and Alterations, Santa Fe NM. No address or indication this was ever built. Hausner was a refugee physician from Prague who engaged in graduate studies at the Mayo Clinic and then began practice in Santa Fe NM. There is a previous project for Hausner, unbuilt, in 1952.  Needs verification. 


 

1959 - The Richard Tufeld House, 11020 Wrightwood Place, Los Angeles CA. Designed with James Horner Garrott. Sold to the Richard Tufeld family Trust. Sold in 2012 to Peter Zinnato Trust.



1960 - The Gallas Digby House, 5326 Sherbourne Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold around 2000 to the Turner Family Trust. Sold in 2005 to Shaun C. Oates.


 

1960 - The Don Gordon House, Rodgerton Drive, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles CA. No indication it was built.


 

1960 - The Leo Mesner and Charles Zanders Apartment Additions/Alterations, 2266 and 2272 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles CA.

2266 is a 4 bedroom apartment complex built in 1939. Sold in 1992 to Mary Solomon. Sold in 2004 to Juliana Ajoku.

2272 is a 6 unit apartment complex built in 1949. Sold to Edna Zanders. Sold in 2011 to 2266 Adams Blvd LLC.


1960 - The David Ziskind Alterations, 2339 Silver Ridge, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1989 to Jack Hruska. Sold in 1997 to Geoffrey Maynard. Sold in 2003 to the Sarah Thorp Trust. Sold in 2007 to Philipp and Lilian Kaiser. 


1961 - The Jacobina Caro House, 7940 Willow Glen Road, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Site of the Rose Harris house which burned in 1959. 

 1961 - The Peter Yates Alterations, 1735 Micheltorena, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.


 

1961 - The S. M. Lazarus Additions and Alterations, 315 South Conway Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Destroyed, new house built in 1989.


 

1962 - The Benjamin (Max) Berg Additions, 24912 Malibu Road, Malibu CA. The original house was built in 1958. Additions were also made in 1969. Sold in 2001 to the State of California. Sold in 2003 to Leo Baefsky. Sold in 2005 to Ronnie Shapiro, Teri Gillen, Pac Highway LLC. Sold in 2006 to Maxdog LLC.


1962 - The David I. Elterman Additions and Alterations, 15301 Kingswood Lane, Sherman Oaks CA. Original house built 1952. Sold in 2000 by the Eltenman Trust to John Grotting. Sold in 2002 to Roberta Margolis. Sold in 2003 to Mark Gates.


1962 - The A. R. Brandner Alterations, 3701 Landa Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1962 - The Phil Kerby House, 8708 Crescent Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.

1962 - The Verne Winchell House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Winchell was the owner of Winchell's Doughnuts.  Gene Flores, who worked as a draftsman for Ain at the time, observed that Winchell wanted to use the house to explore some of his own psychological issues. "Greg wound up asking him, look, why don't you spend your money on a psychiatrist? You don't need to go through this exercise." In the end, according to Flores, "he talked the client out of doing the job."


 

1963 - The Leon Kaye House, 4754 Vanalden Avenue, Tarzana CA. Commissioned 1961. Sold in 2000 to Alan Katz. Sold in 2008 to Daniel and Susan Scalisi. Sold to Samantha Litman and Stephen Strout. 


 

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1963 - The Ansalem A. Ernst House II, 1425 Phillips Street, Vista CA. Sold in 1989. Sold in 2000.


1963 - The Howard Lewin House, 5210 Jessen Drive, La Canada CA. Commissioned 1961. Remodeled in 1971. Sold in 1988 to Michael Maguire. Sold in 1989 to Peter Wood.


 

1963 - The.Robert S. Macmillan House, Starlight Crest Drive, La Canada CA. Unbuilt.

1963 - The Gene E. Smith House, West Covina CA. Unbuilt.

1965 - The Jack Weiss / Araby Oasis Apartments, Palm Springs CA. Unbuilt.


 

1968 - The William (Bill) and Midori Ginoza House, 962 McCormick, State College PA. Commissioned 1966. Still owned by Bill Ginoza as of 2016.


1971 - The James Haun House, 2000 South Tuna Canyon Road, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.


Sources include: VirtualGlobetrotting, The Architecture of Gregory Ain by Gebhard, Von Breton, and Weiss; Gregory Ain: The Modern Home as Social Commentary by Anthony Denzer.