neutraVDL
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design
Summer Schedule for Competing Utopias Exhibit:
From July 13-September 13th we will be open on:
Fridays 6-9pm and Saturdays/Sundays 11am - 3pm.
Last tour is 30 minutes before closing.

CLOSED SUNDAY AUGUST 31, 2014 !!!

Admission is $10/person.
There is NO need to make an appointment.
Guided tours are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

After September 13th the house will be open most Saturdays from 11am-3pm, except we will be closed:
September 20th, September 27th, Thanksgiving weekend, and December 20th through January 3rd 2015.
About 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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COMPETING UTOPIAS
An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context

July 13 - September 13, 2014
Public Opening: July 12, 2014 6-10PM
Fridays 6 - 10pm
Saturdays and Sundays 11AM - 3PM





INVERTING NEUTRA
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