Architectural work has always been a passion for Elkman Hermann Hermann.
The son of German immigrants, he moved to the United States at the age of 15 and worked at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He was commissioned by a company in his hometown, which produced a number of buildings, including the famed Beverly Hills Hotel and the iconic La Brea Tar Pits.
Elk’s early projects were impressive, but his first, a four-story building in the heart of Hollywood, flopped.
He went back to Germany to study architecture at the prestigious Berlin School of Architecture, but was dissatisfied with the curriculum.
In 1965, he was hired by Elmer Katz to design a new building in Hollywood.
It was called Elks Manor, named after the famed German immigrant who owned the building at the time.
After a year of design work, Hermann was commissioned to design another new building, this time in downtown Los Angeles, with an eye toward attracting more tenants.
Hermann designed a number a apartments in Los Angeles and San Francisco, including a luxury suite, two-story apartment building, and the sprawling, four-floor Beverly Hills.
The Elks Mansion in Los Feliz was completed in 1968.
Hermans original plan was to build a massive, four story, 8,000-square-foot luxury condo building with a landscaped walk-up garden.
Hermanns work on the Elks mansion, which was completed with the help of his wife and two daughters, is seen in this undated photo from a promotional video.
The Los Angeles Times article above shows Elkmann Hermann and Elmer Hermann Jr., with a mural by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, on the north side of the Elk Manor mansion.
(AP) Elmer has lived in Los Angels for decades, with the last five years in L.A. He is a member of the Santa Monica Mountains Residence Association, which has an annual membership of around 600, and he is a director of the UCLA Alumni Association.
He currently resides in Los Gatos, California.
In 2013, he won a MacArthur Fellowship for his contributions to public architecture.
He has also won awards for his work in the design of high-rises, including his work on a $300 million, 12-story residential tower at the intersection of Broadway and Pacific Avenues.
Elmer also has a long-standing partnership with the Santa Clara Museum of Art.
The museum opened in 1980 and has exhibited Hermann’s work since the 1960s.
It is currently hosting an exhibition of Hermanns designs for its collection of works from the museum’s collection.
In an interview with The Los Gatas Times, Elmer said, “It is very gratifying to see this work be used in the public domain.”
In a 2016 interview with the Los Angeles Observer, he said, I am not going to live in the world in which I lived.
Elks Manfredi Architects is also the firm that designed the Beverly Hills hotel.
The architect said that the project will include “a number of architectural elements that are very much in keeping with Elks’ character, but not necessarily with the architecture of Beverly Hills itself.”
The Elk Mansion is one of many Elks mansions built in Los Los Angeles before and after WWII.
(Getty Images) Hermann says he has “very strong feelings” about Los Angeles’ architectural history.
“Los Angeles was once a city of skyscrapers,” he told the Times.
“We wanted to design buildings that were built in a way that would give the city a sense of balance and sustainability.”
He also says the buildings were designed with a view to helping the city maintain its urban fabric, but that “there are many things that are built today that are not designed for a place of living.”