Architect Richard Neutra’s 1949 Wilkins House sits on an oversize flag lot in South Pasadena, California, surrounded by sprawling, park-like greenery. The 2,980-square-foot property includes a pool and a detached, 800-square-foot guesthouse restored in keeping with Neutra’s original plan, led by architect John Bertram. It’s also believed to be the realization of Neutra’s unbuilt 1947 plans for Case Study House #13, The Alpha House.
The Case Study Houses, a collection of 36 homes built across Southern California between 1945 and 1966, were created when Arts & Architecture Magazine commissioned the major architects of the day to design inexpensive, replicable model homes to accommodate the post-World War II residential housing boom. Neutra was one of the most well-respected architects who participated in the program, designing the plans for four homes—of which only one was officially built.
The Wilkins House was documented by photographer Julius Shulman in 1950; a look at the original images shows how the updated three-bedroom, three-bath home was renovated true to its original plan. The home features many of its original midcentury details—redwood tongue-and-groove ceilings, enormous windows, a double-sided brick fireplace, radiant heating below the terrazzo and cork floors, and covered outdoor terrazzo terraces.
The renovation involved restoring the kitchen and adding high-end appliances without losing the home’s authentic midcentury character. It also updated the residence with modern amenities, such as a spa-like master bathroom. Scroll ahead for a look inside.
The Wilkins House is currently on the market for $5,999,000 and is listed with Anthony Stellini and Elisa Ritt of RSR Real Estate at Compass.
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