A Case Study in Inflation

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The Case Study homes are amazing works of architecture (mainly in the Los Angeles area) that were designed as “experiments” in residential architecture. The post-modern homes, which were built as a program by Arts & Architecture magazine between 1945 and 1963, were designed by some of the greatest names in the field at the time, including Richard Neutra and Pierre Koenig. The idea was for these amazing architects to design and build inexpensive homes that would answer the high demand for housing following end of World War II; the soldiers needed homes, and they needed them fast. Charles and Ray Eames’ Case House #8 was assembled by hand labor in just about three days.

So it’s a little alarming that Case Study House #9, the Entenza home designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, is on the market for $14 million. To be fair, the restored two-bed, three-bath plus kitchenette CSH only serves as the guest house for a 9,700-square-foot estate designed by Barry Berkus. The main house includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a family room, library and two offices. The one-acre site includes stunning views of the Pacific. What’s even more alarming is that the home last sold in 1991 for $1.615 million.

Via Curbed LA

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