Case Study House 1953
When Janey and I were in LA for the Hollywood Costume Exhibition we also took the rest of the day to investigate some of the Case Study houses in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills area. If you haven’t heard of the Case Study House program there is a small introduction in my first post on Case Study House #25.
Case Study House 1953 (also called Case Study House #16) was built high up in the hills of Bel Air by Craig Ellwood who would design and build two more homes for the program. Ellwood was originally a cost estimator at a construction company and a structural engineer and wouldn’t actually become a licensed architect until the late 1950s, as a result Robert Theron Peters did most of the technical work and architectural sign-off required to build his designs.
If you are thinking about driving up to go see the house, don’t. It’s a long terrifying drive up steep and winding streets, with nearly no parking, into Bel Air and the design of the house presents only a carport and a frosted glass facade to the street that hides a small courtyard and the bedrooms.
The house has a quite a few interesting features including a jungle gym on the back wall of the carport which is part of a larger play area and a combined living room and TV room separated by a partition. Both bedrooms also have their own private courtyards at the front of the house.
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4 comments on “Case Study House 1953”
Sounds like a dream come true. ;____;
I’d love to live in a home like that.
I LOVE that house, the courtyard, the living room, every detail in the paneling is fantastic. I would definitely love in a house like that.
Oh my gosh, the layout of this house is just glorious! It’s so open, but still gives lots of privacy. I’m totally in love!
Fabulous house – I’m struck by how much natural light it must get. That – an abundance of natural light – is something that I adore in homes, yet currently lack in ours (we have other condos on three sides of us and a lovely, but rather towing, hill on the fourth). Architects who embrace light and aren’t afraid of large windows always get a major thumbs up from me.