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

Designers: Wurster and Bernardi, Architects (firm); Theodore C. Bernardi (architect); William Wilson Wurster (architect)

Dates: constructed 1948-1949

13187 Chalon Road
West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1210

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Theodore C. Bernardi (1903-1990) was the primary designer of this house, the scheme executed while William W. Wurster (1895-1973) served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; beginning in 1945, drawings of this and other projects shuttled across the country to Wurster for his input and approval; the site for Case Study House #03 was changed; it originally was to be located next door to Case Study House #01 on Toluca Lake Avenue in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA; this house's H-shaped plan, followed plan types developed in the Wurster office in the late 1930s and early 1940s; these plans often featured bifurcated plans (designed well before Marcel Breuer's similar "bi-nuclear" designs) with living and bedroom areas separated by a large corridor which also served as a sitting and storage space; as was typical of Wurster's approach, interiors did not utilize built-in furniture, quite unlike the High Modernist architects, such as Richard Neutra; Wurster preferred that the owner personalize his or her space.

PCAD id: 4831