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

NEUTRA VDL HOUSE SATURDAY TOURS FROM 11AM TO 3PM

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.

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 Saturdays in 2018 (based on our university holiday schedule):

July 7, July 21, November 22 and 23, and December 22 and 29.

NEUTRA VDL PHOTO SHOOTS AND FUNCTIONS

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 bethany@meylerandco.com. 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) and Department of Architecture (CPP ARC) at Cal Poly Pomona. The primary mission of the College of ENV and CPP ARC 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, CPP ARC 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), Tu casa es mi casa by Frida Escobedo, Pedro&Juana, Tezontle, David Ulin, Katya Tylevick and Aris Janigian (2017-18).

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For information on recent events and exhibitions at the Neutra VDL House see our NEWS Section.

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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BLESS N°63 Neutra Dasein

July 28 – September 9, 2018
Curated by Douglas Fogle and Hanneke Skerath

This summer the historic Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Silver Lake will become the home of the Paris and Berlin-based design studio BLESS (Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag) in a project curated by Douglas Fogle and Hanneke Skerath. Responding to the unique architectural environment of Richard Neutra’s Los Angeles home and work space, BLESS will bring their own contemporary design ethos to this icon of Californian mid-century modernism. Living and working separately in Paris and Berlin, this project will bring the two designers and their families together in the same place for the first time for an extended residency. In a project that will be equal parts installation, artist residency and model home for alternative ways of living, BLESS will transform the Neutra VDL House into a design laboratory and a site of conviviality.

About BLESS
Founded in 1997 by Desirée Heiss and Ines Kaag, Paris and Berlin-based BLESS is best described as a platform of creation. BLESS create products and situations that connect people to their surroundings and atmospheres in the celebration of Jetztzeit, a term that the critic Walter Benjamin used to describe the potential of truly embracing the possibilities of the temporal present – a revolutionary “now” – filled with energy and possibilities of connecting to an imagined better future. Their works span the realms of fashion, visual arts, sports, design, social activities and architecture.


About the curators
Douglas Fogle spent over twenty years as a curator of contemporary art at Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum. In 2012, he joined forces with independent curator Hanneke Skerath to open the curatorial office STUDIO LBV in Los Angeles. Together they curate exhibitions, organize talks, and produce publications.
For more information please contact Douglas Fogle and Hanneke Skerath at +1 310 871 5615 or douglas@studiolbv.com.


About the Neutra VDL Director

Sarah Lorenzen, AIA is a partner at TOLO Architecture, architecture professor and former chair at Cal Poly Pomona Architecture (CPP ARC), and resident director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences. She holds two graduate degrees in Architecture (M.Arch I and II) from Georgia Tech and from Sci-Arc, and a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art/Smith College. She sits on the board of AIALA, and is the advisory board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. In 2015 Sarah was honored by AIA LA with presidential award for Educator of the Year.


Tours of other history homes in LA

The following houses are open for tours:

Gamble House, Schindler House, Hollyhock House, and the Eames House.

In addition, Dion Neutra is making his own house available for tours some Saturdays. For info visit: http://neutra.org/dion-neutra-reunion-house-tours/

Please note that we are not associated with any of the above properties. For tour info on those properties contact them directly.