Case Study Houses

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The Stahl House, Case Study House #22

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day, including Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, and Ralph Rapson to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers.

The program ran intermittently from 1945 until 1966. The first six houses were built by 1948 and attracted more than 350,000 visitors. While not all 36 designs were built, most of those that were constructed were built in Los Angeles, and one was built in Phoenix, Arizona. Of the unbuilt houses #19 was to have been built in Atherton, in the San Francisco Bay Area, while #27 was to have been built on the east coast, in Smoke Rise, New Jersey.

A number of the houses appeared in the magazine in iconic black-and-white photographs by architectural photographer Julius Shulman.


List of Case Study Houses[edit]

Number Name Architect(s) Publication Constructed Status Address City Arts & Architecture
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1 J. R. Davidson February 1945 1945 Unbuilt CSH#1
1 J. R. Davidson February 1948 1948 Extant 10152 Toluca Lake Avenue North Hollywood CSH#1 VGT
2 Sumner Spaulding and John Rex August 1947 1947 Extant 857 Chapea Road Pasadena CSH#2 VGT
3 William Wurster and Theodore Bernardi March 1949 1949 Demolished 13187 Chalon Road Los Angeles CSH#3 VGT
4 Greenbelt House Ralph Rapson September 1945 1989 Exhibit: Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles CSH#4
5 Loggia House Whitney R. Smith April 1946 Unbuilt CSH#5
6 Omega Richard Neutra October 1945 Unbuilt CSH#6
7 Thornton Abell July 1948 1948 Extant 634 North Deerfield Avenue San Gabriel CSH#7 VGT
8 Eames House Charles and Ray Eames December 1949 1949 Extant 203 Chautauqua Boulevard Pacific Palisades CSH#8 VGT
9 Entenza House Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen July 1950 1949 Extant 205 Chautauqua Boulevard Pacific Palisades CSH#9 VGT, VGT
10 Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland, Jr. October 1947 1947 Extant 711 San Rafael Avenue Pasadena CSH#10 VGT
11 J. R. Davidson July 1946 1946 Demolished 540 South Barrington Avenue West Los Angeles CSH#11
12 Whitney R. Smith February 1946 Unbuilt CSH#12
13 Alpha Richard Neutra March 1946 Unbuilt[1] CSH#13
15 J. R. Davidson January 1947 1947 Extant 4755 Lasheart Drive La Cañada Flintridge CSH#15 VGT
16 Rodney Walker February 1947 1947 Demolished 9945 Beverly Grove Drive Beverly Hills CSH#16
17A Rodney Walker July 1947 1947 Remodeled Beyond Recognition 7861 Woodrow Wilson Drive Los Angeles CSH#17 VGT
17B Craig Ellwood March 1956 1956 Remodeled Beyond Recognition 9554 Hidden Valley Road Beverly Hills CSH#17
18A West House Rodney Walker February 1948 1948 Extant 199 Chautauqua Boulevard Pacific Palisades CSH#18 VGT
18B Fields House Craig Ellwood June 1958 1958 Remodeled Beyond Recognition 1129 Miradero Road Beverly Hills CSH#18 VGT
19A Don Knorr September 1947 Unbuilt CSH#19
20A Stuart Bailey House Richard Neutra December 1948 1948 Extant 219 Chautauqua Boulevard Pacific Palisades CSH#20 VGT
20B Bass House C. Buff, C. Straub, D. Hensman November 1958 1958 Extant 2275 Santa Rosa Avenue Altadena CSH#20
21A Richard Neutra May 1947 Unbuilt CSH#21
21B Walter Bailey House Pierre Koenig February 1959 1958 Extant 9038 Wonderland Park Avenue West Hollywood CSH#21 VGT
1950 Raphael Soriano December 1950 1950 Remodeled 1080 Ravoli Drive Pacific Palisades CSH1950 VGT
1953 Craig Ellwood June 1953 1953 Extant 1811 Bel Air Road Bel-Air CSH1953 VGT
22 Stahl House Pierre Koenig June 1960 1960 Extant 1635 Woods Drive Los Angeles CSH#22 VGT
23 Triad Killingsworth, Brady, Smith & Assoc. March 1961 1960 Extant 2329, 2342 and 2343 Rue de Anne [2] La Jolla CSH#23 VGT
24 A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons December 1961 Unbuilt CSH#24
25 Frank House Killingsworth, Brady, Smith & Assoc. December 1962 1962 Extant 82 Rivo Alto Canal Long Beach CSH#25 VGT
26 Harrison House Beverley "David" Thorne January 1963 1963 Extant 177 San Marino Drive San Rafael CSH#26 VGT
27 Campbell and Wong June 1963 Unbuilt CSH#27
28 Case Study House #28 C. Buff and D. Hensman September 1965 1966 Extant 91 Inverness Road Thousand Oaks CSH#28 VGT
Apt 1 Alfred N. Beadle and Alan A. Dailey September 1964 1964 Extant 4402 28th Street Phoenix, Arizona CSApts#1 VGT
Apt 2 Killingsworth, Brady, Smith & Assoc. May 1964 Unbuilt CSApts#2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ CSH #13 was unbuilt, but has been identified with Neutra's Gordon Wilkins House (1949) in Pasadena. See: Lamprecht, Barbara (February 11, 2004). "The Mystery of Case Study House No. 13". Architecture. AllBusiness.com. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  2. ^ Modern San Diego

Further reading[edit]

  • Entenza, John (January 1945) "Announcement: The Case Study House Program". Arts and Architecture
  • McCoy, Esther. "Case Study Houses". 2nd edition. 1977, ISBN, Hennessey & Ingalls
  • Smith, Elizabeth A. T. (1989). Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses. Cambridge: MIT Press. ISBN. 
  • Smith, Elizabeth and Peter Goessel (2002). Case Study Houses: The Complete CSH Program,. Taschen. ISBN. 
  • Smith, Elizabeth A. T. (2007). Case Study Houses. Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8228-4617-9. 
  • Travers, David (January 2007) "About Arts & Architecture" Arts & Architecture website - accessed March 3, 2009

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