Perched atop the Hollywood Hills, The Kuderna House is both an authentically restored Craig Ellwood AIA Case Study Home and one of the landmarks that helped shape Los Angeles into the modernist mecca it is today.
When it comes to Los Angeles real estate, there is no shortage of diverse architecture styles ranging from Spanish Colonial Revival to Neoclassical Italian Renaissance. But as far as important American contributions to Mid-Century Modern architecture go, The Case Study Houses Program was undoubtedly the most significant.
Promoted by the magazine Arts and Architecture in 1945, the modernist program redefined the future of aspirational living. Intended to be relatively affordable and modern for post-World War II family living, the magazine’s program emphasized the use of new materials and new techniques in the construction of 36 new houses.
Members of the program included internationally revered Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames and Craig Ellwood. The Kuderna House in particular can be found nestled on a private road with jetliner views at every turn. Boasting two bedrooms, two baths, a soaking pool and a detached one bedroom, one bath guesthouse, The Kuderna House is a Mid-Century enthusiast’s dream.
While some of the other case-study homes were never built, the program not only birthed some of the most culturally relevant Mid-Century Modern estates in the nation but laid out a model for modern-day architects in search of experimental solutions to satisfy the need of reductive dwelling spaces.
Proving to be a success, many other Case Study Houses began to pop up throughout Southern California, later becoming apart of apartment design projects.