AKA: Neutra, Richard J. and Dione, House, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

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

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

Dates: constructed 1931-1933

2300 East Silver Lake Boulevard
Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA 90039-3215

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Richard Neutra's son, Dion, described the VDL Research House #1 in 2000 as "...the family home on Silverlake [sic] designed in 1932 and completed then on hand of a loan from Dutch industrialist Van Der Leeuw. Including his $4,000, the entire budget for the project was less than $8,000 including the lot! You see here the roof trellis that dad added some 20 years later, which was to document the 4th level in a 2-story height limit area. The lowest level was actually a basement, but it contained the garage and furnace rooms." (See Dion Neutra, "The View from Inside: An Overview of the Neutra Practice, Monday, October 16, 2000," Richard and Dion Neutra Architecture, http://www.neutra.org/mn.html, Accessed 06/16/2009.) Neutra's family residence was named for the architect's benefactor, van der Leeuw, always described as a "Dutch industrialist," from whom he received money to build this experimental house in 1931-1933; C.H. van der Leeuw served as the Director of the Van Nelle Coffee, Tea and Tobacco Company (founded in 1782), and was a significant patron of the International Style in Europe. He commissioned Dutch Modernists, Johannes Brinkman, Leendert van der Vlugt and Mart Stam to design his Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, completed between 1925-1931. The Van Nelle Factory has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Seriously burned, 1963; VDL Research House #2 rebuilt with Dion Neutra, 1964;

PCAD id: 1798