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Modern Echoes: The Case Study House Program

February 11, 2014

The Case Study House Program was sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine and included innovative designs by leading architects of the day.  Many of these architects would go on to become household names and giants in the world of architecture and design including Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, and Eero Saarinen, to name a few.  The houses were commissioned and built between 1945 and 1966 and still stand as some of the most progressive and inspirational examples of modern design around. Check out the original announcement from the January 1945 issue of Arts & Architecture magazine that tells all about the program. As you can probably tell, I am a big fan of the modernist movement and the ideals of accessibility, timelessness, and balance that it embodies.  Thankfully 24 of the 25 Case Study homes that were built are located in California.  This being said, I am looking forward to visiting as many as I can and going back to the ones I have already seen so that I can include them here, for your viewing pleasure. I'll start it off with Case Study #28 is located in Thousand Oaks, CA in Ventura County.  It is not only the last of the homes to be built (in 1966), but it is also one of the largest at approximately 5000 square feet.  It was designed by Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman, and sponsored by Pacific Clay Products.  Unlike most of the other Case Studies, the idea for CSH #28 was to incorporate and use face brick for structure over a steel frame.  The result was a clean, low-maintenance façade that echoed of Frank Lloyd Wright’s style and appeal, but in a more updated incarnation. The house is a private home and sits behind a guard gate, so it is not the easiest to view – at least not without attracting some flashing lights behind you.  Yet somehow, I pulled it off.  Just don’t ask too many questions. csh28 photo 3 csh28 photo 4 csh28 photo 2 casestudy28_via_midcenturia These last 2 shots are archival and not mine, but give some great additional perspective. case_study_house28_007