Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses

Designers: Neutra, Richard J., Architect (firm); Zimmer Construction Company (firm); Richard Josef Neutra (architect); Max Zimmer (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1937

2 stories

11005 Strathmore Avenue
Westwood, Los Angeles, CA 90024-2304

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This apartment house, like the nearby Kelton, Elkay, and Landfair Aparments, were designed by Neutra for landlords eager to rent to students at nearby UCLA. Neutra was so impressed with the investment potential of the Strathmore Apartments, he bought a half share in the property, owning four of the eight units. (The apartments were bisected by a central stairway, as the site was hilly.) The Zimmer Construction Company served as Building Contractors for the Strathmore Apartments.

Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument, Old Council District #5 -Westwood #351. An illustrious list of tenants lived at the Strathmore Apartments, including actress Luise Rainer and playwright Clifford Odets, designers Charles and Ray Eames (when they first moved to Southern CA from MI), actor Orson Welles, publisher John Entenza, and photographer Eliot Elisofon. According to architectural historian Thomas Hines, "The first tenants at Strathmore were Dione Neutra's [architect Richard Neutra's wife] sister Regula Niedermann and their parents, Alfred and Lilly Neidermann, who had immigrated from Switzerland to retire in Los Angeles. For some months, Regula remembered, they were the only inhabitants since other prospective tenants found the buildings too 'cold,' 'austere,' and 'industrial' for their tastes. 'Hospital architecture,' she recalled hearing them mutter." (See Thomas S. Hines, "Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970," [New York: Rizzoli, 2010], 402.)

Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument (1988-04-08): 351

PCAD id: 2000