The Eames House (click on the panoramas for a bigger view)
Charles and Ray Eames were husband and wife architect/furniture designers. They're probably best known for the mid-century modern Eames chair:
...and their steel-frame case study house overlooking the ocean in the Pacific Palisades:
(The picture above is my favorite from the day)
The house is available to view by appt for free ($10 suggested donation), as one of the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions going on in Los Angeles right now.
Behind the house, there is a dirt walkway lined with potted plants. It's in line with the second floor of the house, looking down on the patios.
Below is a picture of the empty living room. In addition to viewing the house, you can also visit LACMA to see their actual living room and all the furniture they designed. It's an incredible exhibit as well and I have a few pictures to post from that visit too.
One of my favorite parts of the house was the stairway. You can't go inside, but you can see all the exotic design and detail from the outside.
The linear design and colored blocks resemble the Neo-Plasticism (a.k.a. "Mondrian") style of art created by the dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.
Here are some pictures of some of the surrounding beauty:
There are several other homes in the neighborhood that are great architectural gems. This is a home that was photographed by Julius Schulman (not sure who the architect was):
And this is a home designed by Neutra (I love the combination of materials):
The Eames house is definitely one of my favorite Los Angeles treasures!