Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design

Last tour is 30 minutes before closing (usually at 2:30pm).
Admission is $15 Adults, $10 Students and Senior, Free for children under 12.

There is NO need to make an appointment.
Guided tours are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tours are given by Cal Poly Pomona Architecture students and are typically 30 minutes long.

We will be closed on the following dates in 2016 (these are holiday weekends when student docents are not available):
March 26th, May 28th, June 13th, July 2nd, August 20th, September 3rd, Thanksgiving weekend, and December 15th through January 5th 2017.
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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Book Launch & Party

Saturday, May 2 2015 | 5-8pm
Treatise: Why Write Alone? is a publication project by fourteen young design offices, organized by Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular (Los Angeles/Chicago).

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

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
ny Roberts, Los Angeles 2013

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