Case Study House No 18 Edinburgh
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|Property Name||Case Study House No. 18|
|Street Address||199 Chautauqua Boulevard|
|Multiple Property Submission Name||Case Study House Program: 1945-1966|
|Areas of Significance||Architecture, Social History|
|Link to full file||https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000516.pdf|
|Case Study House (CSH) #18 meets the criteria established in the Registration Requirements outlined in the MPS cover document. The house retains a high level of physical integrity. As relates to eligibility, the property meets Criterion A for its association with experimental modern housing in the postwar years under the auspices of John Entenzas Arts & Architecture magazine. The property is also significant under Criterion C because it embodies the distinctive characteristics of residential architecture associated with the Case Study House Program. In addition, CSH #18 was designed by master architect Rodney A. Walker. Therefore, the property qualifies for listing under Criteria A and C at the local level of significance.|
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Rodney Walker is one of the lesser-known architects who participated in Arts & Architecture's groundbreaking Case Study House program, which introduced Mid-Century Modern to the masses, but over his career he created scads of strikingly lovely houses around Southern California. One of those is his Case Study House #18, aka the West House, which sits on a bluff in Pacific Palisades and, along with several other Case Study Houses, on the National Register of Historic Places. But that doesn't mean it can't be demolished. The 1948 house has just come up for sale and the listing gently hints that a new owner might want to tear it down.
CSH #18 is still quite well-preserved, with two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a garden room, glass walls, "pristine white galley kitchen," and a double-sided fireplace, all on a little more than half an acre overlooking the ocean. (It faces the Pacific, but is set back from the cliff a bit to reduce noise; according to its Arts & Architecture feature, "the privacy of the open south and east exposures of Case Study House No. 18 can be threatened only by an occasional sea-gull.")
But Pacific Palisades is not the remote territory it was in 1948 and the property is asking a hefty $6.8 million. The listing says it's "Suited for simple living in paradise or a possible, incredible development opportunity with incredible OV acreage. Live-in and/or celebrate the rarest of properties to build a private, ocean view estate seconds to the ocean." The house is not a city landmark and listing on the National Register is basically ceremonial. However, there is a lot of land here, and a new owner might take the approach of nearby Case Study House #9, aka the Entenza House, which now serves as a guesthouse to a newer mansion.
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Case Study House #18
199 Chautauqua Blvd., Los Angeles, CA