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Case Study House #1 in Toluca Lake is Recognized on The National Register of Historic Places

Image courtesy Larry Underhill/LA Conservancy
I am about 2 months late on this one but thought it was still worthy to report as the efforts of the Los Angeles Conservancy have contributed to the recognition of 11 Case Study Houses from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Ventura counties on July 24, 2013. 

According to Wikipedia, 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, and Eero Saarinen, to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residental housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers." 

Much to my surprise #1 on the list is a home designed by Julius Ralph Davidson at 10152 Toluca Lake Avenue Toluca Lake (shown above). Not to cause any confusion but there are actually 2 #1's as the first #1 designed by Davidson was never built and the second #1 lets call it #1a was actually built. You can see the plans for original #1 here. Hopefully that makes sense. 

According to LA Conservancy, "the house introduced architectural elements that came to characterize the program such as floor to ceiling glass, a flat roof, an open floor plan, a minimum of hallways, flexible multi-purpose rooms, immediate access to gardens from all major rooms, and use of standardized materials such as concrete block, plywood panels and industrial glass."

You can view the other Case Study Houses throughout CA at LA Conservancy.

You can view more SFV Architecture and Real Estate here

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Marty Mcfly

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