Area: South Pasadena, California
Yr constructed: 1949
Architect: Richard Neutra
Specs: 3 beds, 3 baths, 2,980 square feet, .73 acres (guest dwelling: 2 beds, 2 baths, 800 square toes)
Arguably the most popular of the somewhere around 30 architects who participated in the midcentury Arts & Architecture magazine’s Situation Analyze Household plan, Richard Neutra made programs for four of the project’s 36 households. For many several years, it was believed that only two ended up ever truly manufactured, and of these, only No. 20, the Bailey Dwelling — currently on the marketplace in a offer offer with a Marmol-Radziner-built contemporary mansion for $20M — is formally identified as a Scenario Examine House the 2nd of the two, variously determined as No. 19 and No, 21, was disavowed by both of those the architect and Arts & Architecture’s editor, John Entenza, when it was built with variations to the design and materials.
On the other hand, in the early 2000s, following becoming hired to oversee the restoration of a South Pasadena Neutra acknowledged as the Wilkins Residence, architect John Bertram commenced to ponder if the residence may in fact be 1 of Neutra’s “unbuilt” Case Scientific tests. To look into, Bertram brought in architectural historian and Neutra professional Barbara Lamprecht, who conducted a comparative investigation of Neutra’s designs for Case Review No. 13, created in 1945, and the performing drawings for the Wilkins Property, drawn up two several years afterwards. The two sets of plans turned out to be practically similar, with only a 1-inch discrepancy on a wall somewhere around 23 feet lengthy.
Applying Neutra’s drawings and pictures of the Wilkins Household taken by Julius Shulman in 1950, Bertram and the owners — a film art director and output designer — tackled the challenge of undoing alterations (together with painted ceiling beams and a several enclosures), and restoring the household to the architect’s initial strategy.
Positioned a few of blocks east of Arroyo Park at 528 Hermosa Avenue, the one-tale home sits at the conclude of a prolonged driveway, and is concealed behind eco-friendly breeze-block partitions. Pursuing an L-formed plan, it has a sloping roof with a deep overhang, redwood tongue-and-groove ceilings, cork and terrazzo flooring, a double-sided Roman brick hearth, developed-in furniture, partitions of glass, and casement home windows with specifically designed hinged panels for ventilation.
Past a shaded terrazzo patio is a large flat garden bordered by a flagstone route that leads to a swimming pool surrounded by neatly trimmed shrubs and mature trees. The home, which previous offered in 2001, features a detached guest household, also made by Neutra, which is at this time rented out on Airbnb.