The Wilkins House,1949. Richard Neutra, Architect. This masterpiece in the history of modern architecture was Neutra's opportunity to realize the unbuilt Case Study House #13, the Alpha House from 1947. On an oversized flag lot that spans three-quarters of an acre in bucolic South Pasadena, its mid-century elements epitomize Neutra’s Modernism with deep, covered terrazzo terraces and enormous plate glass doors that slide open to blur the relationship between indoors and out. Painstakingly restored to Neutra’s original plan by the current owners and architect John Bertram, this 3 bed/3 bath home with 2 bedroom/2 bathroom detached guest house sits at the end of a long, private drive and features innovative details such as redwood tongue-and-groove ceilings, radiant heating below terrazzo and cork floors, a double-sided brick fireplace, and a unique ventilation strategy in the living room and master bedroom with hinged birch panels below a row of aluminum casement windows. Opening from the top, these introduce air to the inside when curtains are drawn. The renovation added modern conveniences such as air condition, restored kitchen with high-end appliances, extra large butler’s pantry, and spa-like master bathroom, all without losing its historic mid-century Modern feeling. It is rare for an architectural home to have a floor plan so ideal for both family life and entertaining but this one does both. Welcome family and friends to gather around the large pool or enjoy park-like sprawling flat lawns. Any guest will be thrilled to stay in the inviting guest house with its full kitchen and bath. The Wilkins House is an architectural enthusiast’s dream.
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