Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design


Tours of the VDL House are ONLY on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.
Last tour is 30 minutes before closing (on or before 2:30pm).
Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors, and Free for children under 15, the press, and Cal Poly Pomona students & faculty/staff.

The Neutra VDL House will be open for an evening viewing on Thursday January 11th 2018.

There is NO need to contact us ahead of time to make an appointment.

Guided tours are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tours are given by Cal Poly Pomona Architecture students and are typically 30 minutes long. There is street parking in front of the house.

We will be closed the following dates in 2018: Memorial weekend, 4th of July weekend, Labor dar weekend,Thanksgiving weekend, and from Dec 20-31st.


The house is available for film or photo shoots. To schedule a film or photo please contact location company Meyler & Co at (213) 627-5717 or email Bethany Hajnik
at They will discuss rules and pricing.

The house is NOT available for private parties including weddings.

To discuss a possible cultural or arts event e-mail Director Sarah Lorenzen.
Specify date(s), type of event and provide a phone number or e-mail address to facilitate communication of terms and conditions.

About VDL
Seventy-five years ago, in Los Angeles, with a no-interest loan from Dutch philanthropist Dr CH Van Der Leeuw, Viennese-American architect Richard Neutra built a radical "glass house" with rooftop and balcony gardens on Silverlake Boulevard. He called it the VDL Research house, after his benefactor. It was designed to accommodate his office and two families on a small 60 x 70 foot lot.

Seven years later, as his family expanded, he built a garden house on the back of the lot. This compact wing had walls that slid open onto a pocket garden to be shared by the addition and main house. In 1963 after a disastrous fire, that left unscathed only the 1940 Garden house and basement of the original wing, Richard and his son and partner Dion Neutra had a chance to redesign the main house. Two floors and a penthouse solarium were built on the original prefabricated basement structure. They applied what the practice had learned in the interim about sun louvers, water roofs, "nature-near", and physiologically motivated design.

It is a place, which could tell many stories. Over a thirty-year period hundreds of projects on four continents were designed there. These included the country's first modern school, many distinguished residences, and important public buildings. At mid century Neutra's influence was pervasive. In 1949 a Time Magazine cover story characterized him as "second only to lordly Frank Lloyd Wright". VDL saw the beginning of the careers of architects who came as apprentices to work there from all over the world including, among others Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano and Donald Wexler. Photographer Julius Shulman's career started with this office. VDL played host to cultural figures like Frank Lloyd Wright, László Moholy-Nagy, Jorn Utzon, Charles and Ray Eames; religious figures like Robert Schuller and J. Krishnamurti; scientists like Rene Dubos and Linus Pauling; and to political figures and activists like John Anson Ford, Frank Wilkinson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

In 2017 the Neutra VDL House was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

VDL Today and Mission

The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (1932, 1939, and 1965) of famed modernist architect Richard Neutra is under the stewardship of the College of Environmental Design (ENV) at Cal Poly Pomona. The primary mission of the College with respect to VDL is to use the house as an educational resource for students and faculty, to preserve and maintain the property, to make the house accessible to visitors through tours given by CPP ARC students, and to host arts and culture programs that strengthen the facility's mission as a community resource. The property and installation is open to visitors on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.

Since 2008 Professor Sarah Lorenzen has served as its Resident Director managing programming, educating student docents, and overseeing the resoration of the house. In 2010 Sarah began an exhibition program where artists/architects are invited to spend time in residence and to create in-situ installations that respond to the architecture, the period in which the house was built, or the history of Richard Neutra. Previous installations include: Fort Da Sampler by Santiago Borja (2010), Architectones by Xavier Veilhan (2012), Inverting Neutra by Bryony Roberts (2013), Competing Utopias a collaboration between the Wende Museum and the VDL House (2014), and Wet Horizons by Luis Callejas (2015), CORNERSTONE by Les Frères Chapuisat (2017).

Contribute to the houses' restoration
To donate visit the College of ENV at Cal Poly Pomona's secure giving website. Select Neutra VDL Studio and Residences from the designation dropdown menu. Proceeds are used in the site'd maintenace and Restoration.

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Events and exhibitions at the Neutra VDL House in 2017:

Tu casa es mi casa 

Artists: Frida Escobedo, Pedro&Juana, Tezontle

Writers: Aris Janigian, Katya Tylevich, David Ulin 

Photographer: Adam Wiseman

Curated by Mario Ballesteros, Andrea Dietz, Sarah Lorenzen, Mimi Zeiger

Sep 23, 2017 to Jan 13, 2018

Closing event January 13 2018, 6-9pm

Tu casa es mi casa brings together two modernist houses in Los Angeles and Mexico City via the exchange of narrative texts, industrial objects, and installations by contemporary architects/artists, as the exhibition grapples with questions about architectural space, mass production, and domesticity within the legacy of modernism. Orchestrated to foster exchange, the exhibition asks three LA-based authors to write a narrative piece about the Neutra VDL House in the form of a letter to a Mexican artist/architect, who will respond with a site-specific installation at the Neutra VDL House, using work from the Archivo collection in Mexico City. Tu casa es mi casa further upends the historic relationship of production and consumption between Mexico and the United States, in which maquiladora workers labor on mass-produced objects intended for standardized domestic settings in the United States. Instead, Los Angeles writers and Mexican artists/architects become the agents of their own cultural export.

Organizational collaborators: Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, and the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences.

Tu casa es mi casa is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Crosby Doe Associates / Architecture for Sale Magazine, Bestor Architecture, Michael Maltzan Architects, NAC Architecture, TEN Arquitectos with additional support from Aesop, Bar Keeper and Mezcal Union, Triview Glass Industries LLC, Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture (CPP ARC), Sci-Arc, USC School of Architecture, and Woodbury University School of Architecture.

by Les Frères Chapuisat 

February 4th to April 1st 2017
Opening Saturday February 4th, 2017 from 4-8pm
(note due to possible bad weather the opening was changed from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th)

Neutra VDL is pleased to host Swiss-based artists Les Frères Chapuisat to live and work at the Neutra VDL House to create their first installation in California. Installed in the courtyards of VDL, Richard Neutra’s architecture acts as host to a parasitic structure made up of thousands of board feet of pine planks.

This project is generously supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss arts council; the Republic and Canton of Geneva; the City of Geneva; swissnex San Francisco; the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

RSVP on the VDL Facebook page.

Location Film/Photo Shoots:

If you are interested in doing a film or photo shoot at VDL please contact:
Meyler & Co

Meyler & Co represents the VDL House pro-bono, and all proceeds from photo and film shoots are used towards the restoration of the house.