SILVER LAKE — Richard Neutra’s VDL Research House was today named a National Historic Landmark, with the well-preserved Mid-Century-home serving as “among the key properties to understanding the national significance of Richard Neutra.”
The home, located across from the Silver Lake Reservoir in the 2300 block of West Silver Lake Drive, was one of 24 new national historic landmarks announced today by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The National Park Service described the home’s significance:
“The Neutra Studio and Residences (VDL Research House) in Los Angeles, California, is associated with Richard Neutra, a nationally and internationally seminal figure of the twentieth century Modern movement in architecture. During the 1940s, as Neutra’s work evolved, he also became the well-recognized founder of mid-century “California Modern” architecture. The VDL Research House is the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the national significance of Richard Neutra.”
The original International-style structure, financed by one of Neutra’s benefactors, was built in 1932 served as home to the Neutra family as well as an office and demonstration project for the architect. Neutra had to create a new version when most of the home burned down in the 1960s, according the L.A. Conservancy.
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