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April 2, 2011 Richard Neutra

Celebrating the Neutra Practice’s 85th Anniversary

Richard Neutra poster

If you will be in LA this coming weekend, you may want to include on your agenda a stop at the Neutra VDL Research House in Silver Lake for a tour and festivities to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Neutra Practice (Richard and son Dion). Here’s a note I received from Dion, who worked with his father to rebuild the family home in the 1960s after the original house was destroyed by fire.

“Join us to celebrate ‘Neutra Practice at 85 weekend’ April 8-10, 2011. Richard Neutra founded this firm in 1926 while he was still living in the Schindler House. Shortly thereafter, came the birth of his second son, Dion. At about this time, he was working on his first major project, the Jardinette Apartments (1927) in Hollywood. A couple of years later, [he designed] the Lovell Health House (1929). After a distinguished 40 years, his architect son joined as partner and vice president in 1965. Dion has carried on the firm since his father’s death in 1970. … This is what we celebrate on this occasion. Join us!”

During my recent trip to LA, I stopped at the Neutra House for a tour and some photo taking. Here are a few shots:

Neutra's VDL Research House II

The front of the Neutra VDL Research House II. It is located at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd.

Neutra's VDL Research House II

Neutra numbers.

Neutra's VDL Research House II

The second-floor library/den.

Neutra's VDL Research House II

The stairwell and second floor.

Neutra's VDL Research House II

Nice windows in the kitchen.

Neutra's VDL Research House II

One of the small but well-designed bedrooms.

Neutra's VDL Research House II

The 1940 Garden house in the backyard was spared from the fire.

Neutra's VDL Research House II

The penthouse solarium.

View of Silver Lake Reservoir from Neutra's VDL Research House II

View of Silver Lake Reservoir from rooftop balcony.