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.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Vintage 1959 Palmer & Krisel For Sale in College Glen Estates – San Diego, CA
There’s no million dollar Krisels today, but here’s
something just a special. A vintage 1959 Palmer & Krisel-designed home for
sale in San Diego’s College Glen Estates neighborhood. This 1959 home features
four bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,492 square feet, all on a 8,300
square-foot lot that backs up to a small natural area.
There aren’t many images of this home posted – it’s
difficult to photograph as there’s a power pole and pair of trees in front of
the residence – but what is posted gives a great glimpse into a pretty original
home. Unlike most of the other homes on this street, this home features it’s
gables on the sides rather than the front, making this elevation fairly unique.
There’s a small porch in the front yard, and a somewhat random wall, making
this home the perfect candidate for a modernist front yard makeover.
We don’t have many shots of the living area other than a
small shot taken of the glass wall overlooking the shady backyard. The real
treat is what can be seen of the kitchen – it appears to be nearly all
original. The counters are original blue-speckled tiles – the same tiles that
were used on countless Krisel-designed homes across the west. The cabinetry is
painted a matching blue color and appears to have original pulls. The
appliances and sink have all been updated over time, however tracking down vintage
appliances would definitely make this kitchen a retro show-stopper.
Kitchen with original breakfast bar
The bedrooms and living areas all appear to have the
open-beamed vaulted tongue and groove ceilings, helping to make this home feel
more spacious. The doors and windows have also been updated with white vinyl – not
the most fitting choice for the home but more energy efficient than the
original aluminum framed windows.
The bathroom has the original vanity, with marble counter
and classic white American-Standard Pullman. We love the sliding door panels
under the sink – such a neat vintage feature. This is such a neat vintage home
that could use a little TLC. The listing agent understands that this is a ‘modern-style
home’ but goes on to note that it ‘could use a little updating.’ We’d hate to
see that kitchen or bath go!