Welcome to 9038 Wonderland Park Avenue, also known as Case Study House #21, the Case Study House of Case Study Houses. These architectural experiments were designed by starchitects of the day such as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, Edward Killingsworth, and Ralph Rapson, with this particular specimen being a product of Pierre Koenig. This home, along with its cousin, Case Study House #21, define Koenig’s airy, industrial style, a style befitting post-war America. Yet, how would this style appear to Edith Wharton, mistress of mansions with rooms of boiserie, enfiladed? Would she find them constructive, minimal, clinical, or marginal, or, even worse, decline to comment? I find this home to be a success on many levels and hope her genteel eye could also find appreciation in the clean lines and open spaces this home displays. To me, however, all this home needs is a Tesla charging station.
This moated home, surrounded by succulents and cacti, turgid foils to the slim walls and generous glass used throughout the design. The home, a compact, intuitive design, incorporates a welcoming entryway, which allows for easy access to both the living room as well as the eat-in kitchen, which is truly a mid-century jewel box of a space. The rooms, composed of white walls and steal, both beamed and corrugated, provide ample opportunity to lounge, spread out, and enjoy the simple luxuries of life, a new view afforded from every window and doorway.
The rear elevation continues the elegant simplicity that defines and frames the entire design of this definitive midcentury modern home.
The floor plan allows the viewer a clearer perception of the wonderful duality between the openness and privacy in constant interplay within this home, which create a tactile, delightful spaces.
9038 Wonderland Park Avenue, completed in 1958, is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,280 square foot home located on a 12,600 square foot lot within the Hollywood Hills. The home is currently listed by Edward G. Reilly and Aaron Kirman of Keller Williams Realty Los Feliz.
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