Frank Murphy, well-known Venice developer and builder moved to Venice in 1975 from St. Louis and loved what he saw.
He grooved to the vibrant art scene and began incorporating that influence and personality into his modern architecture. His highly recognizable work is much sought after because it wonderfully channels the eclectic and non-conformist vibe of Venice.
For the last 30 years, as one of the Principals of Venice Collaborative with William L Garner, Frank’s been focused on contributing architecturally and artistically expressive projects that are sustainable, providing a myriad of living opportunities for local residents, and aiding in the community’s organic growth.
Frank estimates his iconic structures will last at least a 100 years and he hopes in that time, they will still have a positive effect.
But there is another lasting, and possibly more important legacy that Frank and others in the community are contributing that could easily benefit Venice for generations to come.
Framing a better future
A decade ago, Frank met Ansar El Muhhamad, aka Brother Stan. Stan, another well-respected local visionary, is co-founder of V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides gang-intervention and prevention services. V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. practices a comprehensive, collaborative community-based approach that provides services to youth, enhancing community safety while strengthening and preserving families.
And Stan knows the value of this kind of work personally. Two generations of his family were mired in destructive behavior. At a very early age, he participated in gang activities, and for 15 years, he was involved in violence and drugs. Ultimately he was incarcerated. Upon his release from a Federal Penitentiary, Stan recommitted himself to the teaching of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. He credits his attendance at the Million Man March in 1995 as a key turning point and committed himself to transforming the Venice community he grew up in.
Through Stan and V2K H.E.L.P.E.R., Frank saw a way to empower the local, at-risk youth. So he began hiring them on to his development projects. Teaching them all kinds of useful construction and collaborative skills. And rehabilitating their confidence so they can do more with their lives and for their families.
A prime example of this effective collaboration
One of the Halton Pardee + Partners most desirable listings currently is a project that combined the efforts of Frank Murphy, Stan Muhammad and these inspired youths.
938 Palms Blvd. #2, is an impressive three-story, 2100 square foot , single-family home, that’s infused with natural light and an abundance of style. With its smart, effortless sophistication, you can imagine the pride it must have created in the young people who worked on it.
Halton Pardee + Partners is a huge supporter of Frank Murphy’s and Stan Muhammad’s commitment to this community’s at-risk youth. And why through the years we’ve donated over $28,770.91 to the V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation.
We invite our readers to visit V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. to find out more about their important mission and how they’re mentoring the young people of Venice. Hopefully you’ll feel encouraged to make your own donation for a better future.
And check out Venice Collaborative’s site to see some great examples of Frank Murphy’s work and gaze into his architectural vision.
And remember, in our own way, we can all be architects of change.