Thank you for such an enduring legacy, Mr. Krisel. Rest in peace.
Tributes to Mr. Krisel:
The Desert Sun
The Architects Newspaper
The Krisel Connection
The Krisel Connection is dedicated to showcasing and discussing the works of modernist architect William Krisel. Architect to tens of thousands of tract homes, custom residences and numerous commercial buildings, Krisel’s distinct style and cutting-edge design helped set the tone for modern architecture in America during the mid-century.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Friday, September 23, 2016
Fixer Friday: Corbin Palms Short Sale Palmer & Krisel-Designed Home for Sale – Woodland Hills, CA
Built in 1954 is this Palmer & Krisel designed short-sale home in iconic Corbin Palms in Woodland Hills, CA in the San Fernando Valley. Built by the Alexander Construction Company, this midcentury home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,532 expanded square feet, sits on a 7,500 square-foot lot and carries an asking price of $550,000.
|Front of home|
With a few exterior modifications, the home features a couple of altered rooflines and elongated front replacement windows, which chops up and changes the proportions of the home from what was originally offered. The breezeway between the two-car garage and carport has been enclosed, and a reverse-angle roofline has been placed over the addition, while the garage contains a roofline bringing a third roof pitch on to the front of the home. Most of the original board-and-batten finish is still on the exterior on the home along with original stucco, and a green lawn with mature landscape welcomes visitors to the home.
Inside, the home shows fairly cluttered, as the current homeowners furniture is fairly large scaled. The living and dining rooms sit towards the rear of the home, while the kitchen sits adjacent to the south side of the home. A fourth bedroom once sat between the entry and kitchen, but it has now been converted to an open pass through area, that leads towards the family room addition that sits at the front of the home between the kitchen and garage. All three bedrooms lie along the north side of the home.
|Former 4th bedroom & family room addition at front of home|
|Family room addition at front of home|
The living and dining rooms overlook the backyard through original floor-to-ceiling windows and two-pane French doors. The original fireplace location is intact, however the hearth and surround has been traditionalized, with tile surrounded and a flattened overmantle. Hopefully the original stacked brick is under all that drywall and intact.
The kitchen has been seen newer raised panel cabinetry added to it, some with glass fronts, granite counters and black appliances. While not modernist or complimentary of the architecture of the home, the kitchen is functional and still has a few more years of life left in it. The original south-facing clerestory windows above the cabinetry are still in place, as are the open beamed celotex paneled ceilings, allowing for the home to be filled with natural light.
|Bedroom at front of home|
|Guest bath at front of home|
|Bedroom at rear of home|
|Bedroom at rear of home|
All three bedrooms lie along the north side of the home, and due to the bath layout there is no true master. Both bathrooms have been updated over time, both with heavy traditional undertones and ornate detailing.
The west-facing backyard features a modest-sized trellised patio adjacent to the living and dining rooms, and is lined with lots of mature trees and shrubs around the perimeter. A small patch of curvilinear turf sits adjacent to the patio and walkways, and a variety of fences surround the yard.
There’s quite a bit of opportunity with this midcentury home to take it back to its modernist roots. If you’re willing to endure a short sale and have a bit of vision, this could be a great opportunity.
Check out the full listing on Redfin.com here: 6445 Oakdale Avenue
Or Zillow.com here: 6445 Oakdale Avenue
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Fantastic Vintage Central Anaheim Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – Anaheim, CA
Built in 1956 in central Anaheim, CA is this pristine and vintage Palmer & Krisel-designed home relatively new to the market. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,415 square feet sited on a 6,000 square-foot lot, the asking price of this home is $539,900.
The exterior of the home shows as classic midcentury, with a combination clapboard and stucco finish on the exterior of the home painted in soft yellow and white. A lush green lawn sits between the home and the street, and mature shrubs line the front of the home. The sunburst garage door and traditional cottage front door are the only two later additions which don’t quite fit the style of the home, but both are easily replaceable.
|Entry and living|
|Living and sunporch|
|Livign and sunporch|
Inside, the living and dining rooms lie along the back of the home, while the kitchen sits at the front and all three bedrooms are located along the south half of the home. The living room features a wall full of floor-to-ceiling windows, which originally would have overlooked the backyard, but now overlook an adjacent sun porch. The south wall of the living room is anchored by Krisel’s signature modernist fireplace, topped with original wood paneling.
The open beamed celotex ceilings are still in place, adding height and volume to the living room and adjacent dining room. The dining room features a pretty great vintage dividing screen that we’ve only seen on a handful of other Krisel subdivisions, and is fully open to the adjacent kitchen.
|Kitchen and dining|
The kitchen features exceptionally well-cared for original cabinets with shiny chrome saucer pulls and laminate counters. The original push-button range is still in place, along with the floating island with nifty sliding door fronts.
All three bedrooms feature vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and both end bedrooms feature windows on two walls allowing for lots of natural light to enter the rooms. Both bathrooms are just as well-preserved and well-cared for as the kitchen, with original floating vanity and colored fixtures.
There aren’t any photos of the west-facing backyard provided, but aerial photographs tell us that its fairly efficient in size, with a modest patch of turf off of the screened porch. The perimeter of the yard is lined with a small planting strip and a singular small tree near the northwest corner of the yard.
This midcentury Palmer & Krisel home shows great, and appears to have been well taken care of over the years. There’s lots of great, vintage features still intact on this one in impeccable condition. Redfin.com predicts this home will be a quick sell, be sure to check it out before its gone.
Check out the full listing on Redfin.com here: 625 S Hacienda Street
Or Zillow.com here: 625 S Hacienda Street
Monday, September 19, 2016
Rough and Ready Garden Grove Palmer & Krisel Home For Sale – Garden Grove, CA
Built in 1955 in east Garden Grove, CA is this Palmer & Krisel-designed home ready for a new owner. A diamond in the rough, this home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,274 square feet, sits on a 7,200 square –foot lot and carries an asking price of $496,000.
|Front of home and garage|
This north-facing home features a large, mature jacaranda tree as the centerpiece of the front yard. The tree sits over a patch front lawn, with a pair of scraggly shrubs planted at the base of the detached two-car garage. The garage maintains its original board and batten siding, while the main structure is covered in stucco and still features its original windows.
Inside, the home is actually a near-identical floorplan to yesterday’s featured 1953 Palmer & Krisel home in Winnetka, with the living and dining rooms at the rear of the home, all three bedrooms sited on the west side of the home, and the kitchen lying along the east side of the home.
|Living and dining|
The entry is floored in vintage terrazzo tiles, while the front door has a pretty sweet square escutcheon surrounding the entry knob. Pretty much all the carpeting in this home is a goner, but hopefully new buyers will see beyond that. The living room is anchored by a stacked stone fireplace, which is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows overlooking the backyard. The original clerestory windows are still on the side of the home, allowing for natural light to flow freely into the dining room and kitchen.
The kitchen is a near time-capsule, albeit a very worn one, with original cabinetry, pulls and a really neat square vent hood over the range. The appliances appear to have been updated over time, as have the tile countertops, which are crumbling away.
The three bedrooms are just as worn as the rest of the home, in need of some attention and TLC, but at least maintain their original window configurations and clerestory windows on the end bedrooms. One of the bathrooms has been updated, but needs another go-around, while the bathroom on the west end of the home still has its vintage pink wall mounted sink and pink tub, which hopefully can be salvaged.
|Covered patio and backyard|
|Covered patio and rounded chimney|
The south-facing backyard is just a blank slate as the front yard, and features a large covered patio along the rear of the home. The Garden Grove Palmer & Krisel homes interestingly featured rounded chimneys, a rare feature that was only seen in a handful of subdivisions, and this home’s rounded chimney can be seen poking through the covered patio. The yard backs up to the play fields and blacktop of adjacent Woodbury Elementary School, good for those who don’t like neighbors, bad for those who work from home.
For those with a lot of vision who aren’t afraid of a little work, this home offers an excellent opportunity for those looking to take on a renovation.
Check out the full listing on Redfin.com here: 11432 Woodbury Road
Or Zillow.com here: 11432 Woodbury Road
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