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 2, 2015
Parkwood Covina Palmer & Krisel For Sale – West Covina, CA
In 1953 the Devon Construction Company began work on the
Parkwood Covina housing development in West Covina, California which included
several Palmer & Krisel-designed homes amongst several traditional mid-century
style homes. This subdivision gives us a great glimpse of the early Palmer
& Krisel homes and home styles, styles that were being constructed around
the same time as the San Fernando Valley’s well-known Alexander-built 1953
Corbin Palms tract.
This 1953 West Covina home features four bedrooms and two
bathrooms in 1,488 square feet on a 7,200 square-foot lot with an asking price
of $458,888. This home has been modified over the years to incorporate a more
generic design style, which does not embody the modern aesthetic of the home’s
design origins. The front exterior of
the some seems to have been modified somewhat – from a review of other similar
homes in the area is appears that the small angled roofline above the entryway
has been added.
Inside there’s still a few Palmer & Krisel architectural
hallmarks still left that haven’t been updated out of the property. The
signature clerestory windows are all still in place; the tongue and groove
open-beamed ceilings are still intact, and the trademark fireplace is still
intact (albeit original stonework has been painted over). The garage appears to
be original (the garage door is not) and the room layout appears to be as
The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated in a style that
evokes the do-it-yourself stores; and like many homes there’s a variety of
flooring styles, mainly consisting of fake wood and several ceramic tile
styles. This particular tract was not built with central air conditioning as a
standard feature, and this home features added wall-mounted units with a separate
built-in central wall heater.
The backyard features plenty of room and adds a slightly mod
pavered patio area. There’s also some low maintenance gravel, and an
enter-at-your-own-risk covered patio.
Bedroom with original clerestories
While many of the cosmetics in this
property don’t directly compliment the modern architecture of the home, there’s
a great opportunity here to bring out the modern elements of this property with
some minor modifications.