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Mid-Century Houses in Southern California

Written by Christopher Alm • June 16th, 2008
Mid-Century Houses in Southern California

Case Study House #22

I have been passionate about the mid-century homes that was built in southern California by great visionaries such as Joseph Eichler and John Lautner ever since I first saw one. The Eichler mid-century-modern houses are especially sought after today and the prices to own one of these babies, are getting higher and higher by the day.

Perhaps common people (aka squares) have finally realized how amazingly simple and beautiful the houses were back in the 1950s and 1960s? Today over 11 000 single-family Eichler homes are still in use in California and to inspire you I present a bunch of high resolution photos from (among others) the Case Study House project that was initiated in the late 1940s to experiment with residential architecture.

If you want to read more about the CSH program I can highly recommend the Taschen book with the same name. Available to buy at all good bookstores for less than $10, it’s a bargain!

Source EPFL    Thanks Royalton

Above: Mirman Residence in 1959 photographed by Julius Shulman

Above: Case Study House #28

Above: Case Study House #01

Above: Chuey House, Los Angeles photographed by Julius Shulman

Above: Case Study House #29 in 1958 photographed by Julius Shulman

Above: Taschen’s Casy Study Houses Book

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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