Modernism for the Masses
By Laure Joliet / Published by Dwell

A new show at MODAA is bringing some well-deserved recognition to an architect whose name often seems to slip through the cracks when compared to such notables as Eichler and Neutra. Not only did Krisel help shape Palm Springs, his affordable tract homes also brought communities into the San Fernando Valley. He redefined the idea of mass-produced housing, taking public perception from stuffy and nondescript to something modern.

Invited by developer Bob Alexander, Krisel found a niche in the booming housing market by creating modestly-scaled family homes that featured butterfly roofs and other hallmarks of Post and Beam–style architecture, a style previously accessible only to the American upper class.

Images via Julius Shulman / Ps Modcom and Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times


Laure Joliet


Laure is a Los Angeles–based photographer and design enthusiast. When not contributing to Dwell and Apartment Therapy, she's opening too many tabs in Firefox, baking, gardening and exploring the great outdoors.

Everybody loves feedback. Be the first to add a comment.
The author will be notified whenever new comments are added.
Dwell Life © 2016Download our iOS App

We’re inviting you to join us to create a place where we can inspire and share with each other every day, collaborate on collections, projects and stories, ask questions, discuss and debate ideas.

Log in