Case Study Houses

Description

The Case Study House program was started by Art & Architecture Magazine in 1945 as a way for architects to begin to formulate ideas for post-World War II housing. There are a few Case Study House architects whose collections are housed at the ADC: J.R. Davidson, Whitney Smith (of Smith & Williams), and Edward Killingsworth (of Killingsworth, Brady, and Smith). Additionally, our Ester McCoy collection of papers also contains drawings and materials pertaining to the design of some of the Case Study Houses.
The housing designs showed that good architecture and good design could be scaled up to produce low cost houses, since the need for single family homes was of paramount importance after WWII. As the Case Study House program evolved throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s, the houses became more modern, with less emphasis on low-cost, but rather cutting-edge design.

Source

Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Date

circa 1945 - circa 1963

Rights

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Items in the Case Study Houses Collection

Davidson, J. R. (1889-1977): Case Study House #1
Case Study House #1 was the first design to be shown in the 1945 edition of Art and Architecture magazine, but due to wartime restrictions, it was not the first house built. J.R. Davidson was known for building large houses for wealthier clients, and…

Smith, Whitney (1911-2002): Case Study House #5
Case Study House #5 by Whitney Smith was an un-built project-- also known as the Loggia House. The central feature of this 1800 square foot house was the living room which could be expanded or contracted with the use of sliding glass walls and…

Davidson, J. R. (1889-1977): Case Study House #11
Case Study House #11 shows the progression of thought in the program since J.R. Davidson designed CSH#1. This house is smaller, more efficient, and is sited at an angle on the lot to still provide ample outdoor living areas. Both Davidson and Art and…

Smith, Whitney (1911-2002): Case Study House #12
Case Study House #12 was an un-built project from architect Whitney Smith. This house, similar in some ways to his previous house project (CSH #5), was designed by Smith to house horticulturists. As such, a lath house was attached to the house, and…

Killingsworth, Edward A. (1917-2004): Case Study House #25
Case Study House #25, also known as the Edward Frank house, was built in the Naples area of Long Beach, Calif., and sited on a narrow lot, facing a canal. The main entrance to the house is on the canal side and enters into an enclosed, two story…

Killingsworth, Edward A. (1917-2004): Case Study House #26
This un-built Case Study House #26 is also known as the Nugent Pavillion, for the original client who had chosen a site overlooking the ocean near San Diego, Calif. The house was to be built using prefabricated construction system, designed by the…

Killingsworth, Edward A. (1917-2004): Case Study House Triad #23
The Case Study House Triad (#23) was designed by Edward Killingsworth, of Killingsworth, Brady, and Smith, as part of a larger never-built planned community in La Jolla, Calif. House A was sited across the street and downhill from Houses B and C,…

Davidson, J. R. (1889-1977): Case Study House #15
Case Study House # 15 is a modified version of CSH #11, also by Davidson. This particular version was changed slightly to conform to the site in the suburb of La Canada Flintridge. Changes include the shape of the patio, adding a basement, and adding…

Killingsworth, Edward A. (1917-2004): Case Study Apartments #2
This is the second Case Study Apartment project, and it was never built. Killingsworth designed the 10 unit apartment complex to be a mix of four standard two bedroom apartments and six 'studio' two bedroom apartments which were two stories tall, and…

John Elgin Woolf (1908-1980): Case Study House #17 alterations
Case Study House #17 was built in 1956 by Craig Ellwood on a lot along Hidden Valley Road in Beverly Hills. It was a modern design, of plywood, steel, brick, and glass, like many of the other Case Study houses. But in 1962, John Woolf purchased the…