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219 Chautauqua Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90272
1 Bailey House (Case Study House #20 [1])
Case Study House
The Bailey House was designed by Richard Neutra in 1948. The two bedroom house was meant "to serve young parents who find they can afford just that much," according to Neutra's description. He also wrote that he used several different kinds of natural wood in the house.
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34.030631 -118.518153
2275 Santa Rosa Ave Altadena, CA 91001
2 Bass House (Case Study House #20 [2])
Case Study House
The Bass House was designed in 1958 by Buff, Straub, and Hensman with Saul Bass. It's "unique in that it was based upon the experimental use of several prefabricated Douglas Fir plywood products as part of the structural concept," including hollow-core plywood vaults that covered the central part of the house.
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34.184798 -118.13885
10152 Toluca Lake Ave, Toluca Lake, CA 91602, USA
3 Case Study House #1
Case Study House
JR Davidson (with Greta Davidson) designed this house in 1948 (it was actually his second go at CSH #1). It was intended for "a hypothetical family" with two working parents and was designed to require "minimum maintenance."
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34.148725 -118.351329
711 S San Rafael Ave Pasadena, CA 91105
4 Case Study House #10
Case Study House
CSH #10 was designed in 1947 by Kemper Nomland. The house is built on several levels to mould into its sloping site.
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34.131211 -118.170264
4755 Lasheart Dr La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
5 Case Study House #15
Case Study House
CSH #15 was designed by JR Davidson in 1947. Its south walls are made out of huge glass panels and its flagstone patio and indoor floor are at the same level for that seamless indoor-outdoor feel. The floorplan "is basically that of another Davidson house, Case Study House No. 11," which has been demolished.
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34.213477 -118.207527
7861 Woodrow Wilson Dr Los Angeles, CA 90046
6 Case Study House #17 (1)
Case Study House
Case Study House #17 (1) was designed by Rodney Walker in 1947. A tight budget kept the house at just 1,560 square feet, "but more space was gained through the use of many glass areas." The house also has a large front terrace with a fireplace that connects the indoor living room fireplace. The house has been remodeled.
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34.122504 -118.367475
9554 Hidden Valley Rd Beverly Hills, CA 90210
7 Case Study House #17 (2)
Case Study House
Case Study House #17 (2) was designed in 1956 by Craig Ellwood, but "governed by a specific program set forth by the client." Ellwood took into account the clients' collection of contemporary paintings and made the living room "purposely undersized" to work best for small gatherings. The house was extensively remodeled in the sixties by Hollywood Regency architect John Elgin Woolf and his partner, interior designer Robert Koch Woolf.
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34.121264 -118.403191
857 Chapea Rd Pasadena, CA 91107
8 Case Study House #2
Case Study House
CSH #2 was designed in 1947 by Sumner Spaulding and John Rex. The motor court and carport are separated from the terrace and yard by a "long serpentine wall," which makes a "striking contrast to the straight lines of the house.
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34.132265 -118.082612
9038 Wonderland Park Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
9 Case Study House #21
Case Study House
Pierre Koenig designed Case Study House #21 in 1958. It was originally completely surrounded by water, with a walkway and driveway spanning the moat at the front door and carport, respectively. The house was severely messed-with over the years, but restored in the nineties with help from Koenig.
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34.116544 -118.391741
13187 Chalon Rd Los Angeles, CA 90049
10 Case Study House #3
Case Study House
CSH #3 was designed in 1949 by William Wurster, Theodore Bernardi, and Donald Emmons. It was "originally intended for the flat area of the La Canada district, was subject to an unavoidable circumstance which changed its location to a two-acre site which opens to views through canyons to the distant mountains." Its site in Mandeville Canyon was once a botanical garden.
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34.078794 -118.502826
6236 N Deerfield Ave San Gabriel, CA 91775
11 Case Study House #7
Case Study House
CSH #7 was designed in 1948 by Thornton M. Abell. It has a "three-zone living area," with space for study, activity, and relaxation/conversation--the areas can be separated by sliding panels or combined.
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34.111772 -118.084123
1080 Ravoli Dr Los Angeles, CA 90272
12 Case Study House for 1950
Case Study House
The Case Study House for 1950 was designed by Raphael Soriano. It's rectangular, with living room and bedrooms facing out to the view. However, in the kitchen and eating areas, the house "turns upon itself and living develops around a large kitchen-dining plan opening upon a terrace which leads directly into the living room interrupted only by the mass of two fireplaces." According to A&A's website, the house has been remodeled.
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34.048754 -118.508588
1811 Bel Air Rd Los Angeles, CA 90077
13 Case Study House for 1953
Case Study House
Case Study House for 1953 was designed by Craig Ellwood. It has a modular steel structure and "the basic plan is a four-foot modular rectangle." But the interior walls stick out past the exterior walls to bring the indoors out and the outdoors in.
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34.102468 -118.449806
203 Chautauqua Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
14 Eames House (Case Study House #8)
Case Study House
Charles Eames designed the Eames House in 1949 and even Arts & Architecture seemed kind of blown away by it. The Eames is built into a hillside behind a row of Eucalyptus tress on a bluff above Pacific Palisades; it's recognizable by its bright blue, red, and yellow panels. Charles and Ray Eames lived in the house until their deaths.
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34.029599 -118.519313
205 Chautauqua Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90272
15 Entenza House (Case Study House #9)
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The Entenza House was built in 1949 and designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for Arts & Architecture editor John Entenza. According to the magazine, "In general, the purpose was to enclose as much space as possible within a reasonably simple construction."
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34.029941 -118.518804
1129 Miradero Rd Beverly Hills, CA 90210
16 Fields House (Case Study House #18 [2])
Case Study House
Case Study House #18 (2) was designed by Craig Ellwood in 1958. Ellwood didn't attempt to hide that the house was prefab (the magazine explains that he believed "that the increasing cost of labor and the decline of craftsman will within not too many years force a complete mechanization of residential construction methods"). The components of the house, however, are "strongly defined with color: ceiling and panels are off-white and the steel framework is blue." According to A&A's website, the house has been remodeled.
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34.094504 -118.404232
82 Rivo Alto Canal Long Beach, CA 90803
17 Frank House (Case Study House #25)
Case Study House
The two story Frank House was designed by Killingsworth, Brady, and Smith and Assoc. in 1962 and it sits on a canal in Long Beach. A reflecting pool with stepping stones leads to its huge front door and inside to an 18 foot high courtyard.
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33.755354 -118.124087
91 Inverness Rd Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
18 Janss Dev (Case Study House #28)
Case Study House
Case Study House #28 was designed in 1966 by Buff & Hensman. According to the magazine, "the architects were asked to design a house that incorporated facebrick as the primary structural material to demonstrate its particular advantages." They came up with a plan for two symmetrical wings joined by glass galleries.
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34.171514 -118.880134
1635 Woods Dr Los Angeles, CA 90069
19 Stahl House (Case Study House #22)
Case Study House
Pierre Koenig's Stahl House, designed in 1960, is probably the most famous house in Los Angeles, thanks to an iconic photo by Julius Shulman. The house isn't much to look at from the street, but its backside is mostly glass surrounding a cliff's-edge pool. The Stahl family still owns the house and offers infrequent tours.
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34.100437 -118.370152
199 Chautauqua Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90272
20 West House (Case Study House #18 [1])
Case Study House
Case Study House #18 (1) was designed by Rodney Walker in 1948. The house is oriented toward the ocean, but set back from the cliff edge it sits on to avoid noise issues. As A&A says, "High above the ocean, the privacy of the open south and east exposures of Case Study House No. 18 can be threatened only by an occasional sea-gull." The house features a "bricked garden room" separated from the living room by a two-sided fireplace.
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34.030062 -118.518315