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.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Bartley Grove Estates Palmer & Krisel For Sale – Whittier, CA
Here’s a 1954 Palmer & Krisel home for sale in Bartley
Grove Estates in West Whittier/Los Nietos, California. With just 1,269 square
feet, this home manages to accommodate four bedrooms and two bathrooms, a two
car garage all on a 6,400 square-foot lot with an asking price of $409,900.
Like many of the Palmer & Krisels over the years, this
one has had its exterior reinterpreted from its original midcentury modern bones.
One of the most noticeable revisions that this home has undergone is the
addition of archways to the front porch, potentially a mid-1970s update. The entire
exterior of the home has been covered in a heavy lace stucco finish, a
significant departure from the original sand-finish.
The front yard is grassy,
and is the only one on the street to have had a partial wall built around it.
The front isn’t gated, so we’re not quite sure why the wall exists – perhaps the
future new owner will remove it to enhance the curb appeal.
Walking inside the home past the arched front porch, one
enters the living room, which originally would have featured those trademark
Krisel walls of glass to the backyard; however this home has had a sunroom
addition tacked on the rear altering the view. The dining room and kitchen wrap
around the back of the home. The kitchen is open, with heavy, traditional cabinetry
and dark counters which sit below original clerestory windows.
Two of the bedrooms sit on the north side of the home, behind
the two-car garage while the other two bedrooms sit on the front side of the
home. Both are accessed via small hallways off the living room. For those who
love original features, it looks like the linen closets and pulls are vintage ’54
Palmer & Krisel – check out the view in the living room photo past that
classic plaid couch.
Out back there’s an open grassy back yard – no clue if that
cat tower comes with home. Also, it appears all the rear windows have had bars
installed over them. A better more aesthetic alternative would be security
laminate/film, which offers the same protection as bars without the imposing look.
We appreciate the fact that this home retains the original vaulted ceilings and
clerestories, along with linen cabinets, and offers a great opportunity to
create a fantastic mod renovation.