Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design
Tours of the house are on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
No appointment needed.
Guided tours are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will be closed the following Saturdays in 2014:
March 29th, June 14th, July 5th, August 30th, October 4th, November 22nd, and December 22nd and 27th.
Restoring VDL

Since 2008 Cal Poly Pomona has completed a number of restoration projects at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences. This includes: restoration of two roofs, repair of penthouse shroud and roof trellis, replacing site walls and perimeter fences, restoration of the interior of the Garden House, electrical rewiring of both houses, and repairs to walls, doors, and ceilings. This work was made possible by private donations, a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in-kind donations from several material manufactures, and the pro-bono services of architectural firm Marmol Radziner.

Cal Poly Pomona's College of ENV is now moving forward on the restoration of the main roof of the VDL II House, bringing back the rooftop reflecting pool. Led by architectural firm Marmol Radziner and VDL Director Sarah Lorenzen he project includes installation of a new roofing and roof drainage system as well as restoration of the penthouse solarium. The restoration is being done in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and was permitted by all applicable historic and building departments. Where possible any deteriorated features are being repaired rather than replaced. Restoring the VDL II roof will prevent further damage to the house and its interiors, allowing it to remain an open and active place for the public for years to come. Once the roof restoration is completed we will be able to proceed with interior cosmetic repairs and to re-furnish the house. We are treating these restoration project 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 2012 Cal Poly Pomona was awarded a $50,000 grant from Friends of Heritage Preservation in support of these repairs. We have also received donations from Marmol Radziner, Friends of VDL, and artist Xavier Veilhan. The phase II roof project is scheduled to be completed by January 2013.

The house is open to the public on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm (with the exception of the roof due to construction until January.)

Guided tours are given by Cal Poly Pomona Architecture students. Admission is $10.

The House will be closed November 24, and December 22 and 29.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Join Dion Neutra for the 4th Neutra Run/Walk for Health. Organized by the Neutra Institute (Click on image for link to their site and further information.)

By Bryony Roberts

Installation at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, Los Angeles Supported by a Graham Foundation Individual Grant
July 13 - September 7, 2013
©Bryony Roberts, Los Angeles 2013

Mobile, 2005 (from the 2012 Xavier Veilhan Exhibit at VDL)
Courtesy Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm.
Photo © Florian Kleinefenn;
© Veilhan ADAGP, Paris, 2012
and Ars, New York, 2012

Become a Friend of VDL

To become a Friend of the Neutra VDL House please visit our secure online donation site (click on this link.).

About Neutra 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 Schulman's career started with this office. VDL played host to cultural figures like Frank Lloyd Wright, Lazlo Moholy Nagy, Jorn Utson, Charles and Ray Eames; religious figures like Robert Schuler 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 1990 Richard Neutra's wife Dione, left the VDL Research Compound to the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design

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