November 26, 2014

Top O’ Topanga Community Center Nominated in Top Ten of Mid-Century Architectural Gems; Vote Closes

 

It’s time to vote again. This time for another Topanga icon.

PHOTO BY TERESA HAMES

Top O’ Topanga Community Center Nominated in Top Ten of Mid-Century Architectural Gems; Vote Closes



There is no shortage of mid-century architectural gems in Los Angeles, but perched at the summit of Topanga Canyon is our very own icon of modernism. Iconic to anyone who has traversed Topanga Canyon for 50 years, this soaring 35-foot A-frame, designed and built in 1961 by E.V. Mikles of Oxnard, was conceived as the lure to “destination living” at Top O’ Topanga. With exterior planes that jut at opposing angles and a bold series of beams that anchor the structure to the surrounding canyon terrain, it continues in use as originally intended—as a private community center. 

Original oak parquet flooring, stone fireplace and Mondrian-esque floor-to-ceiling glass maximize the structure’s site embracing sweeping views of the west San Fernando Valley. A unique example of an architectural style that enjoyed a brief moment — early 1950’s through late 1960’s — of mid-century popularity, the “A-frame” was used to conjure images of leisure through modernism’s foundation in geometry and thus was successfully employed in this application as attested to by the continued stream of bohemian residents.

The Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee has nominated it as one of the Top Ten mid-century architectural structures in Los Angeles. Your vote will ensure its rightful place as one of L.A.'s cultural benchmarks. Votes must be submitted by Dec.ember 31. http://lac.laconservancy.org/site/PageServer?pagename=60sVotingPage.