AKA: Eames, Charles and Ray, House and Studio, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA; Case Study House #8, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA

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

Designers: Eames Studio (firm); Escher GuneWardena Architecture (firm); Charles Ormond Eames Jr, (architect); Ray Kaiser Eames (designer); Craig Ellwood (architect); Frank Escher (architect); Ravi GuneWardena (architect)

Dates: constructed 1947-1949

2 stories

203 Chautauqua Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA 90272-4404

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Charles and Ray Eames House, 1947-1949


The Eames House blended the interests of the husband-and-wife designers Charles and Ray Eames, syntheszing mass-produced parts, Miesian purity of form, De Stijl aesthetics, and toy design. It was a serious and playful effort all at once, creating a flexible interior space that could be reimagined and reconfigured. Its erector-set aesthetic achieved a lofty standard for the the buildings that followed in the Case Study House program sponsored by John Entenza's Arts and Architecture magazine. In some ways, it strongly diverged from other dwellings in the program in its de-emphasis of outdoor living spaces, focusing instead on the economic enclosure of its interior loft space. Designed jointly by Charles and Ray, the Eames House was one of the most published and admired houses completed during the twentieth century. The brilliance of its creative synthesis was approached by only a handful of other houses in the US, many of which were also located in Southern California, a laboratory for domestic design innovation.

Building History

As of 2003, the house was still occupied by the Eames Family.

Building Notes

Architect Craig Ellwood (1922-1992) served as the cost estimator for the Eames House.


Escher GuneWardena Architecture worked on the renovation of the Eames House in 2011-2012.

PCAD id: 27

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