Forgotten Giant - Page 7

Once the ‘miracle man’ behind more than 40,000 tract homes, Southern California architect Edward H. Fickett and his modern hybrids slip back into the limelight

Finding Ficketts

  • The developments of Sherman Oaks and Sherman Park in the San Fernando Valley community of Reseda, from roughly 1951 to 1955, include some of Fickett's earliest 'modern' designs. North of Saticoy Street, between Corbin and Tampa avenues.
  • Granada Estates, circa 1953, also in the valley. North of Chatsworth Street and east of Balboa Avenue.
  • Sherwood Park is an interesting neighborhood of modern homes in the Hollywood Hills, many by Fickett. 3641 Woodcliff Drive, by Fickett, was the sales office. 3624 Woodcliff was the 1955 Research House built in conjunction with Associated Architectural Publications. Other Ficketts are on nearby streets, including 3461 Cody Road.
  • Rollingwood Estates, on the Palos Verdes peninsula, has modern plans and some modern exteriors as well. From 1957. West of Palos Verdes Drive North, south of Silver Spur Road, and north of Hawthorne Road.
  • On Manhattan Beach, a pure California modern box can be spotted at 3320 The Strand.
  • Fickett apartment buildings near Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood include: Sunset Patios (1137 Horn Avenue), the Sunset Lanai (1422 North Sweetzer Avenue), the Sunset Capri (8341 West Sunset Boulevard), and Hollywood Riviera (1400 North Hayworth Avenue).