The restoration work was made possible by private donations through Friends of VDL, sale of a series of Julius Shulman prints showing Richard Neutra on the roof of VDL, a $50,000 grant from Friends of Heritage Preservation, a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in-kind donations from several material manufactures, photo-shoot rentals of the house via location firm Meyler & Co, the pro-bono services of architectural firm Marmol Radziner, sizable donations by artist Xavier Veilhan, Beth Harris, Raymond Neutra, and from tours of the house by Cal Poly Pomona architecture students.
These restoration projects have been done in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and were permitted by all applicable historic and building departments. Where possible any deteriorated features were repaired rather than replaced. Extensive restoration of the roofs and water features of the VDL House have prevented further damage to the house and its interiors, allowing it to remain an open and active place for the public for years to come. Now that Cal Poly Pomona has completed restoration of the roofs and exteriors of VDL II we are proceeding with interior cosmetic repairs. We are treating these restoration projects as learning opportunities; engaging students and any interested members of the community in the restoration and construction process so that they can observe best current practices and methods of restoration.
In-Kind and Material Donations for the restoration of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Forbo Flooring ––– VDL Garden House Linoleum Tile Flooring
Coverall Industries ––– Carpets at VDL II
VS ––– Neutra Furniture at VDL II
Zurn ––– Roof Drains at VDL II and Garden House
Knoll ––– Ground Floor Funishing VDL II
Louis Poulsen ––– Lighting VDL II and Garden House
Formica ––– Laminate for Garden House
Contribute to the house's restoration by donating here. All proceeds are used to maintain and restore the Neutra VDL House.