Friday, September 25, 2015

Bailey House - Richard Neutra's Case Study House #20, On Market

219 Chatauqua, Pacific Palisades - Case Study House #20, Bailey House 1947, Richard Neutra, architect
Designed in 1947 by architect Richard Neutra, the Case Study House #20, Bailey House (located 219 Chatauqua) also accounted for a growing family.  From the on-set, the family expressed their desire to grow as a family and that they would most likely outgrow the 2 bedroom home and would eventually expand as they earned more money.  Consequently, Neutra worked on the additions throughout the home's early life. 
The original construction of the residence and Neutra's additions utilized glass, steel and wood.  The main house, with a simple rectangular plan, features walls of glass on the backside of the house so as to enjoy the pastoral gardens.  This mid-century modern design is a simple, yet refined moment in Neutra's career.   The home has seen a restoration by Marmol Radziner.
The covered walkway allows for the continued experience of nature and architecture to intersect. Perhaps Neutra's The Singleton House, 1959 took note of the Bailey House additions when contemplating the later addition of that home. 
The Bailey House was Neutra's third design for editor, John Entenza's Arts and Architecture magazine Case Study House program.  Neutra's 1945 design, Case Study House #6, "Omega" and his 1946 design, Case Study House #13, "Alpha", both were never realized and remain unbuilt.  It wasn't until The Bailey House that Neutra was afforded opportunity to realize the principals of the program: 
“...We of course assume that the shape and form of post war living is of primary importance to a great many Americans, and that...the house[s]... will be conceived within the spirit of our times, using as far as is practicable, many war-born techniques and materials best suited to the expression of man’s life in the modern world.” - Arts and Architecture
Mature gardens are lush, providing privacy from the outside world.  How about taking a relaxing spa here?  
Also on the 58,742 square foot site is the Simon House (located at 14800 Corona Del Mar), built in 2010 to LEED Certified Gold standards including, energy conservation technology and use of recycled, toxin free materials. The high volume living room is the focus of a design that also features a spectacular theater / bar / game room that connects to a stone deck with a cascading infinity-edge pool, beautiful views of the Bailey House.  This addition to the estate makes sustainable sense, but personally, I could take just the Case Study House #20 and be content. 
The Case Study House #20, Bailey House and LEED (Certified Gold) Simon House are being offered for $18,000,000.  If you are qualified and need assistance in the purchase of this home, please contact me.  Private appointments can be arranged.

Listing and photos courtesy of MLS and Steve Sigoloff - TA

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