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 3, 2015
Freshly Flipped Parkwood Covina Palmer & Krisel For Sale – West Covina, CA
It just so happens that there’s two 1953 Palmer & Krisel
homes for sale right now in the Parkwood Covina. Yesterday we saw a 1,400
square-foot four bedroom home that needed a little renovations; today’s home is
freshly renovated – clean, yet livable – but stylistically off the mark. This
Krisel is a three bedroom, two bathroom home in 1,270 square feet with a
two-car garage on a 7,400 square-foot lot, with an asking price of
From the curb there’s just the basic shape of this home to
distinguish it as a mid-mod Krisel. A heavy lace stucco finish has been applied
to the entire exterior, and all th streetside windows have been replaced with
white vinyl windows with mullions. Why flippers love white vinyl windows with
mullions we’ll never know, but they do…
The entry door is the standard Victorian-style door found at
most big-box home improvement stores. The living, dining and kitchen have all
been expanded into each other for the great-room concept that is currently
popular in new construction. The kitchen is one of the stranger ones we’ve seen
in a while – it’s been opened up, but two support pillars have been added on either
side of the island, but they don’t quite line up or touch anything. The ceiling
has been lowered, having it’s exposed beams filled to accommodate can lights,
and a microwave shelf has been added accommodating an ill-fitting appliance.
The signature Krisel fireplace has been ‘updated’, and now
reads as a mere box on a wall. The sliders and trademark walls of glass leading
to the back have been converted to French doors – another flipper hallmark.
Laminate floors have been installed throughout the home, as have raised panel
doors, boob lights and plenty of thick, white molding. There’s no sign of the clerestories
that would have flanked the sides of the home – they most likely have been
The home is definitely livable, but compared to the other
Palmer & Krisels that have been features here there’s definitely a marked difference
in character when comparing this Krisel to others. There’s opportunity to
create character here, we just wish these flippers knew what they had before
they ‘modernized’ it.