Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Neutra, Richard J., Architect (firm); Richard Josef Neutra (architect)

Dates: constructed 1955

4218 Via Padova
Claremont, CA 91711-1429

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Pioneering Modernist architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970) designed this residence for a young chemistry professor, Corwin Herman Hansch (1918-2011) who taught at Pomona College, and his family. The house had a wood frame with a stucco exterior and flush redwood siding. A pool positioned on the top of a first floor bedroom cooled the building and created provocative reflections. The professor and his wife, Gloria, lived in the residence for over 50 years; he died in 2011. Corwin Hansch was a highly respected chemist who devised new computerized methods for the study of molecular structures and designed undergraduate courses notable for their complexity and rigor. His "Hansch Equations," according to his Los Angeles Times obituary, "...are a series of equations that relate observable biological effects to specific, measurable properties of molecules." His research labs were notable for the high-level work done by undergraduate research assistants. (See "Corwin Hansch dies at 92; scientist whose advances led to new drugs and chemicals,"Accessed 06/08/2012.)

Two addresses have been given for the house: 4218 Via Padova and 4070 Olive Knoll Place, Claremont, CA 91711.

PCAD id: 11939