A Look Inside The Historic Case Study House #21
One of the Case Study Houses just went on the market, as we noted earlier this week, and today we took the opportunity to step inside the historic home at the open house. Click through for photos of what this circa-1950s house looks like today.
The Case Study Houses were built through an Arts & Architecture project that lasted from 1945 to 1966. Almost all of the homes were built in Los Angeles, and only around twenty remain today, so it's not often that you'll find one on the market. This one is the Bailey House, or Case Study House #21 (PDF), located at 9038 Wonderland Park Ave in the Hollywood Hills, and is said to be architect Pierre Koenig's "greatest steel frame design, and the high point of the Case Study Program." Perhaps that's because Koenig was working with some easy-going homeowners—according to the Los Angeles Conservancy:
He designed it for psychologist Walter Bailey and his wife Mary, a contemporary-minded couple who wanted a small house in the Mid-Century Modern style. Unlike many other homeowners, the Baileys were open to the idea of a steel-framed house, and Koenig was able to realize his vision of an open plan design that was both affordable and beautiful. Completed in 1959, the Bailey House was envisioned as a prototype for modern housing that could be produced on a large scale, perfectly in keeping with the goals of Arts + Architecture magazine’s Case Study House program. It is a simple one-story box with a flat roof, built mostly of steel and glass.
The asking price is $4.5 million, and for that you'll get 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a pretty cool water feature surrounding the home, and bragging rights.