I was given the Case Study House Tour as a birthday gift. What a great gift! I had walked through the mock-up of the Stahl house created for the show on mid-city modern aesthetics at the Temporary Contemporary several years ago. I thought I had pretty much experienced the real thing. Not so! The key to this house is the location. The glass walls makes the airliner view of the L.A. basin part of the design. The experience of being there is almost as dramatic as the different experiences of looking at architectural renderings--floor plans and elevations--and then of walking into the built structure. I enjoyed the mock-up. I was stunned by the real house. Having Mrs. Stahl and the youngest son there made it even more real. Visiting the Eames home and studio was impressive in a different way. I was disappointed we didn't get to go inside, BUT, again, the big surprise was the relationship of the house to the site. I don't think that any photo or book or video conveys how incredibly appropriate these two kinda Mondrian-abstract-appearing structures are to this Pacific-overlooking site. I had never really thought of this as anyone's HOME. The tour changed my opinion. My first surprise was the startling juxtaposition of the homey decor (think FLW's comments about the hearth, enclosure) to the austere glass and siding. Then, even from outside, it was clear the glass walls served as huge, barely framed landscape "paintings." But, of course, the "paintings aren't naturmort; the site makes it clear that this is raw nature just outside. The minimal landscaping accentuates this reaction. So, just as at the Stahl house, the big revelation was experiencing the site, the house as part of the place. The guide told several interesting anecdotes about Ray and Charles Eames that, again, made the experience of being there even more vivid.. What was it like to LIVE in these incredible homes, to be the people for whom these home were built? Want to experience these homes intimately, directly? Take the tour and find out!
Explore two stunning Case Study Homes during the Case Study House Tour: Case Study House #8, the Eames House (exterior only with interior visible through large open doorways) designed, built, and lived in by the world renowned mid-century designers Charles and Ray Eames. And Case Study House #22, the Stahl House (interior & exterior open) the iconic family home featured in countless films, television shows, and advertisements.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see these famous mid-century modern homes with a uniquely qualified guide. Andrew Edelstein has been a docent for the Eames Foundation for the past three years and is the only person to give tours at The Stahl House who is not a member of the Stahl family. Edelstein will delve into fascinating stories of living in a Case Study House and will provide history of the Case Study House Program. Tour tickets are $99.00 and include transportation between the Eames House and the Stahl House, entrance fees, and refreshments.
When: Saturday, June 11th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: The Eames House
203 Chautauqua Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Space is limited so make your reservation today! For more information and to reserve your tickets, go to here.