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EDWARD R. (ED) NILES, FAIA (1935-)

Niles grew up in Nashville TN and was moved as a baby to an orphanage in Angeles CA, after the death of his parents. There he showed a keen talent for building. He graduated from Hamilton HS in Los Angeles then from USC with a degree in architecture in 1961. He interned with Quincy Jones (who was his professor at USC his senior year), Carl Maston, and Craig Ellwood. He married at 21, and is still married at nearly 90. He taught at USC from 1964 until 1996. He started his own small office in 1967. For four years, he had coffee nearly every weekday morning with John Lautner.


1965 - Apartment Complex, Gardena CA. Received an honorable mention in the Homes for Better Living apartment division, sponsored by the AIA with American Home and House+Home.


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1965 - The Milton Davis House I, aka Beechwood, 2867 Belden Drive, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1961. Sold in 1988 to Eddie and Heather. Sold in 2004 to Wade W. Weigel and Jeffrey C. Ofelt. Sold in 2005 to David M. Metzler. Sold in 2015 to Blumhagen-Numme Trust. Sold in 2017 to Shuttlewood Properties US Inc. Sold in 2020 to Frederic S. Woolens and Annika N. Heinle. Photos by Michael Locke.


1969 - The Pasadena Federal Housing Project Pepper Redevelopment, Washington Blvd and Sunset, Pasadena CA. Three low cost apartment buildings, 137 units, cluster type housing. Designed with Carl Maston. Built by Sproul Homes. Ray Kappe was also involved in the project.


1970 - The Ed Niles and Remo Vecchi Cabin, aka Lake Arrowhead Cabin, Lake Arrowhead CA. Built by designed with architect Remo Vecchi. Sold. Status unknown.


1971 - The Ed Niles House I, 6070 Ramirez Canyon, Malibu CA. His first house in Malibu. 3000sf. A private tunnel under the Pacific Coast Highway leads to Paradise Cove. Sold to Clayton and Vivian Camburn. Sold in 2003 to Sam Simon.

1972 - The Matlow House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

1972 - The Zeffren House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

1973 - The Muir House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

1974 - The Stenger House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

1976 - The Epstein House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.


1978 - The Dorn and Carla Schmidt House I, 6962 Wildlife Road, Malibu CA. Commissioned in 1974. Sold in 1986 to Johnny Carson. Deeded to Alexis Carson. Sold in 2007 to Sidney and Caroline Kimmel, who did a remodel. Deeded in 2010 to the Burr Family Trust. Sold in 2020 to Wildlife Bluff LLC/Riaz Valani.


1978 - The Rotstein House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

1978 - The Unger House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.


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1979 - The Robert Nichols House I, 3651 Amesbury Road, Los Angeles CA. Niles designed an addition in 1980. Sold to Haigler Trust. Sold in 1992 to William P. Mansfield. Sold in 1997 to Arnold T. Cho. Sold in 1999 to Vincent C. Cordero. Sold in 2005 to Ervin Fang. Photo by Michael Locke.


1979 - The Dimuri House, 19 Buckskin Road, Bell Canyon, Chatsworth CA. 2573 sf. Commissioned in 1976. Sold in 2011 to Joe and Chava Ostrowsky. Sold in 2020 to Alison and John Pearson.


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1980 - The Milton (Milt) and Yvonne Davis House II, 2615 Nottingham Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1975. Built by Niles. Sold to Myunghae Choi and Dallas Cottam. Photo by Michael Locke.


1980 - The Albert (Al) and Melba Langman House, 3763 Sweetwater Canyon Drive, Malibu CA. Commissioned in 1976. Sold in 2016.


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1980 - The Robert Nichols House II, 3657 Amesbury Road, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1983 to Lew Margin. Sold in 1987 to Barry Groveman. Sold in 1992 to Entity Morrison. Sold in 1993 to Peter J. Katsufrakis. Sold in 2003 to Wayne M. Cassard. Sold in 2007 to Zachary W. Eller. Leased in 2021. Photo by Michael Locke.


1980 - The Weston and Hutton House, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.

1981 - The Nevins House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

1982 - The Craven House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

1984 - The Burnham House, Beverly Hills CA. Status unknown.

1985 - The Dorn and Carla Schmidt House II, Malibu CA. Renovation of a 1946 Maynard Lyndon house.

1985 - The Michael and Suzanne Tennenbaum House I, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.

1988 - The Weston and Percelay-Vogler House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

1988 - The Lukac House, San Juan Capistrano CA. Status unknown.


1989 - The Michael and Suzanne Tennenbaum House II, aka Cube House, 307 Rockledge Road, Vail CO. Commissioned in 1986. 5132sf. Built by Schaeffer Construction. Vail citizens protested loudly during site approvals. Sold around 2018 and destroyed.


1989 - The Robert (Bob) and Pamela Whitham House I, 6012 Galahad Drive, Malibu CA. Commissioned in 1984. Sold in 2003 to James and Donna Mills. Sold in 2004 to Fred Segal. Deeded in 2009 to Nina Segal-Sisino.


1989 - The Goodson House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.

Around 1990 - The Milton (Milt) and Yvonne Davis House III, Eugene OR. Commissioned in 1987. Sold around 2023.


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1992 - The Milton and Saralyn Sidley House II, 27929 West Winding Way, Malibu CA. 44,000 sf. Commissioned in 1984. Sold in 2021 to Paul Schneider.


1993 - The Wilen House, aka Malibu House, 33583 Mulholland Highway, Malibu CA. Commissioned in 1989. 16.9 acres. 5 bedroom/6 baths, just over 7,000 sf. Featured in Hyperwest by Alan Hess. Includes an underground music studio, a 60 foot lap pool, a helipad, and underground garage. Sold in 2003 to Graham Henman. Sold in 2017 to David and Jennifer Eisman.


1993 - The Masters House, Malibu CA.

1994 - The McCellen House, Malibu CA.

1994 - The S. Klein House, Malibu CA.


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1995 - The George A. and Esther Stevenson House, 1830 Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, Pasadena CA. Sold in 2017 to Mark and Anna Masters. For sale in 2022. Photos by Michael Locke.


1995 - The McKay House, Malibu CA. Status unknown.


1996 - The Meyer and Doreen Luskin House, 1884 Mango Way, Los Angeles CA. Updated in 1998. Featured in the August 1998 Architectural Digest. Still owners as of 2023. Last two photos by Erhard Pfeiffer.


1997 - 34405 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA. Sold. Status unknown.


Around 1997 - The Ed and Kay Niles House 2, aka K's Residence, Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA. Commissioned in 1995. Featured in GA Houses 52. 20 acres. Structural engineers, Dimitry Vergun and Isaak Basman. Built by Niles.


1997 - The Lambert House, Malibu CA. Unbuilt.


1998 - The Dorothy Meier House, aka Power Plant, 21757 Castlewood Drive, Malibu CA. 2900sf. Commissioned in 1991. Featured in GA Houses 52. Structural engineers, Dimitry Vergun and Isaak Basman. Built by Behr Construction. There was a guest house addition. When Meier passed away she left the property to the UCLA Foundation which sold the property in late 2000 or early 2001. Built. The cylinder was her master bedroom. Meier died, and the house was sold. Sold in 2020. Status unknown.


Around 1999 - The Robert (Bob) and Pamela Whitham House II. 3900sf. Commissioned around 1986. Built by Whitham, largely from block.


2000 - The Gadraz House, aka Malibu Road Addition, 24434 Malibu Road, Malibu CA. House originally built in 1979. Addition commissioned in 1995. 6,500 sf. Sold to Tyler Alexandra Gallagher Ellis, daughter of Perry Ellis. Sold around 2006 to David Gundlach, who died in the house under suspicious circumstances in 2011. Sold in 2012 to Steve Gozini (BH Malibu Road LLC).


2000 - The Jeff and Melody Klein Residence, 402 The Strand, Hermosa Beach CA. Commissioned in 1997. Featured in GA Houses 52. Designed with daughter Lisa Niles McCarthy. Structural engineers, Dimitry Vergun and Isaak Basman. Renovated in 2001.


Around 2000 - The Bruce S. and Marilyn Gillis House, Kona HI. Commissioned in 1998. Status unknown.


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2007 - The Bruce S. and Marilyn Gillis House II, 710 North Arden Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Commissioned in 1997. As of 2022, still owned by the Gillis family. Photo by Michael Locke.


2010 - The Raffi Cohen House, 1169 Loma Linda Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Built by Galaxy Commercial Construction Corp., Maya Steel Fabricators Inc., Richard Montes, and J.T. Wimsatt Contracting Co. Inc. The massive half cylinder features a garden courtyard enclosed in walls of glass and a sail-shape infinity pool. Deeded in 2011 to RCR Media House LLC. Sold in 2014 to BiLLC. For sale in 2024. Photos by Michael Locke.


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2010 - The Wei-Tzuoh and Carrie Chen House, 41800 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA. For sale in 2023, on auction in 2024. Top four photos by Michael Locke.


2022 - The Sonny Astani House, 5900 Bonsall Drive, Malibu CA. 4 acres, 7200sf. Commissioned in 2002. For sale in 2024.


Sources include: Ed Niles; Free Expression: House Design Ed Niles, by Michael Webb.