CaseStudy Houses

As an architect I have always been fascinated by the collective body of work achieved in the CSH Program, exploring new materials and techniques of residential construction.

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day, including Richard NeutraRaphael SorianoCraig EllwoodCharles and Ray EamesPierre Koenig and Eero Saarinen, to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers.

The program ran intermittently from 1945 until 1966. The first six houses were built by 1948 and attracted more than 350,000 visitors. While not all 36 designs were built, most of those that were constructed were built in Los Angeles; a few are in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one was built in Phoenix, Arizona. A number of them appeared in the magazine in iconic black and white photographs by architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

Visual Acoustics- The Modernism of Julius Shulman,

a documentary of the formost "Visionary" of Mid-Century Modern architecture.

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