AKA: General Panel System House for Rudy Wolf, Mount Olympus, Los Angeles, CA; Thorne, Benjamin, and Howard, Eliza, House, Mount Olympus, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

Rudy Wolf was the General Panel Corporation's Chief Designer and, subsequently, its Director of Quality Control, in the 1940s.

Architect's own house; this 3-bedroom, 2-bath house, like all of General Panel's others, was based on a wall modular panel, 3 feet 4 inches by 8 feet 4 inches, in which quarter-inch Douglas Fir plywood was attached to interior and exterior faces on a wood frame. This modular panel system suited assembly-line production and erection of a house could take a small crew of 5-6 workers two days. Local trade unions viewed this system as a threat to jobs and fought General Panel's growth.

Wolf engaged architect William Merzbach to redesign the house; Wolf, Merzbach and General Panel Corporation's motive force, Konrad Wachsmann, all came from Frankfurt-an-der-Oder in Germany before emigrating to the U.S. Architects Ben Thorne and Eliza Howard bought the Wolf House in 2005, and spent approximately 2 years renovating it.

PCAD id: 14450