Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Homes of the "Future"

Palmer-Krisel Home (1957), Northridge

If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know that I'm a fan of mid-20th Century architecture. Larry and I are members of the L.A. Conservancy and it's sub-committee, The Modern Committee.
On Saturday, we were invited to attend an information session in Northridge (primarily for residents of the neighborhood) at a Palmer-Krisel home. The owners of the home are also Mod-Com members. The speaker at the get-together was author/architect, Alan Hess. He was there to stress the importance of maintaining the architectural integrity of the neighborhood's Palmer-Krisel homes. Dan Palmer and William Krisel were architects that worked for the Alexander Construction Company from the late 1940's to the mid-1960's. They designed many tract homes in Southern California, primarily in the San Fernando Valley and in Palm Springs.
Alan Hess and Jennifer

Our trip to Northridge in the SF Valley on Saturday was delightful. The house where the meeting was held is part of a small tract of Palmer-Krisel homes. The home has a butterfly roof, rocky mountain stone on the exterior, high clerstery windows and a tiki bar smack dab in the center of the entertaining area! The turn-out was good.
Tiki Bar
Sven, Naomi and Tom, listening to AlanNaomi, Larry

The homeowners gave an introduction to the program. Then, we each introduced ourselves and our relationship to the Palmer-Krisel connection. There were original homeowners there from the late 1950's and early 1960's. A short trailer of a new film about Bill Krisel was shown and then Alan Hess gave a slide presentation about Palmer-Krisel homes.
Histotainer, Charles Phoenix

Delicious refreshments were served. We had a wonderful time communing with other like-minded architecture buffs.

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At 5:17 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Oh, that looks like fun. And the house is gorgeous. Of course, I read "Northridge" and I think "EARTHQUAKE"! Good to see there was no damage to that historical number.

At 8:51 PM PDT, Blogger Unknown said...

There are so many Alexander homes in the Palm Springs area which have been enjoying a renaissance because of appreciative new owners. Good stuff.

At 9:20 PM PDT, Blogger Natalie said...

That house is awesome.
Any house with a tiki bar smack dab in the middle of it is all right with me.

At 7:49 AM PST, Blogger Hoot said...

If anyone's interested, the Getty Research Institute recently bought Krisel's archive.


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