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.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Parkwood La Mirada 1955 Palmer & Krisel on the Market – La Mirada, CA
New on the market is this 1955 Palmer & Krisel-designed
home in the Parkwood la Mirada subdivision in La Mirada, California. Built by
the Devon Construction Company, this home features three bedrooms and two
bathroom in 1,958 square feet all on a 6,700 square-foot lot priced at $525,000.
This property is an interesting variation on the mid-century
Palmer & Krisel floor plans – rather than stretched to the width of the
lot, this home essentially runs from front-to-back, with the two-car garage sited
at the rear of the property. This variation does a couple of things – it pulls
the entryway pretty far off the street, and create a very long driveway. Great if you’ve got lots of automobiles or want
a large surface area for outdoor sporting activities, but makes for a very long
expanse of hardscape that occupies a large chunk of the yard area.
This set up also eats into the backyard pretty deeply,
essentially leaving it as nothing more than a large patio area. There also is a
rear addition that really cuts this space down, but increases the square
footage of this home to nearly 2,000 square feet. Inside the home has been
renovated, leaving very few signature Krisel trademarks behind. The renovations
aren’t terrible, but the loss of the clerestories at the front of the home help
darken it a bit.
It also appears that the open beamed ceilings have been
covered over with wood planks, most likely to accommodate additional insulation,
electrical to support the added ceiling fixtures, and to support a seamless
transition between the original home and the rear addition. The fireplace has
been bricked over, most likely a mid-70’s addition, and an arch has been added
over the opening. The bedrooms appear pretty standard, and the living room
features the most pendant lights that we’ve ever seen in one place. This is an
interesting property for sure – not very original but it’s got some great
Kitchen & Living Room
Living area & addition
Master bedroom - wish those clerestories were still there