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

Designers: General Panel System Corporation, Burbank (firm); Walter Adolph Georg Gropius (architect); Konrad Ludwig Wachsmann (architect)

Dates: constructed 1949-1950

2861 Nichols Canyon
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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The General Panel Corporation built four houses in Los Angeles, CA, and operated its manufacturing facility in Burbank, CA. The German-American architect Konrad Wachsmann, collaborated with the legendary Bauhaus Director and Harvard Graduate School of Design Chair, Walter Gropius on the General Panel Corporation House. Wachmann and Gropius partnered on this Los Angeles-made housing system between 1941-1948. Approximately 200 houses were produced in the Burbank factory before the closure of the company in 1949 and its bankruptcy liquidation in 1952.

General Panel System Houses (2- and 3-bedroom models) were featured in an conference and exhibition entitled, "Housing A National Security Resource," held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on 01/19-20/1951, surveying new, inexpensive alternatives to traditional balloon-frame, sub-division housing.

PCAD id: 6938