Think California modern and, without realizing it, you’re probably picturing a Case Study House. The design initiative that came from Arts and Architecture magazine in 1945 inspired a series of Mid-Century Modern houses, mainly in Los Angeles. The newly restored Case Study House #10 in Pasadena, CA, is on the market for $2,990,000.
“Every surface has been touched,” says listing agent Cynthia Luczyski. The current owners bought the home in 2012 for $1,599,000, according to public records. The residence had been updated by a previous owner with bad 1970s design. All that’s gone, thanks to a two-year renovation.
“They restored it rather than remodeled it,” Luczyski says. “The entire infrastructure has been changed out,” including a new pool and AC system. “But when you walk through, it feels like a Case Study. It has the same floor plan.”
The 1947 building wasn’t initially part of the Case Study program, but was eventually included because so many of the homes commissioned remained unbuilt at the time. The challenge asked up-and-coming architects to create experimental prototypes using modern and low-cost materials.
The idea was to replicate them to house returning soldiers from World War II. Thirty-six model homes were designed by now-renowned designers, including Richard Neutra and Eero Saarinen, but only 24 were actually built, including this gem.
According to L.A. Conservancy, “The house exemplified a number of the program’s goals, including the use of new building materials and techniques, affordability for the average American, simplicity of construction, economy of materials, and integration of indoor and outdoor living.”
It also just looks really cool. Built by the architect team of Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland Jr., the house was constructed on a sloping corner lot. The sleek, horizontal lines, wood, and walls of glass blend into the surroundings seamlessly.
“Everything was done with the sensitivity with how the original architects wanted to design this,” Luczyski says. “This is a really nice blend of 1940s and a 2000s lifestyle.”
The successful updates garnered the homeowners a City of Pasadena 2015 Historic Preservation Award, as well as Pasadena’s Historic Preservation Commission’s 2015 Reconstruction Award. The home is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
But it hardly feels like a museum. Instead, it looks to be a livable space with 3,425 square feet, four beds, and four baths. The open floor plan includes a living area with glass doors, for that SoCal indoor-outdoor living. The modernized kitchen was designed by Poggenpohl. Bathrooms have also been updated with terrazzo flooring and modern fixtures.
Outside, there are extensive patios, gardens, drought-tolerant landscaping, and a new pool and pool house.
One original feature that remains is a corrugated glass wall along the hallway, which makes a dramatic focal point of the home.
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