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, July 8, 2015
Foremost Park Palmer & Krisel For Sale –La Puente, CA
Here’s a pretty original looking 1956 Palmer & Krisel
home in La Puente/West Covina, CA that’s been on and off the market at least
three times over the last few weeks. It’s a probate sale, meaning the owner
probably has passed away, which may complicate the escrow process.
Developed by the Foremost Contracting and Engineering
Company, this home contains 1,370 square feet, providing three bedrooms, two
bathrooms and a two-car garage with an asking price of $349,999. It’s a corner
lot and includes an in-ground pool in the back yard.
There’s no interior shots of this home, but we wanted to
share it with you because it’s got great original lines to the façade. All
windows appear to be original, and there’s some great wooden detailing
surrounding the window openings. There’s wood blocks which jut out between two
of the window openings, planked by parallel vertical 2”x 4”s which connect to
the inside of the eaves. This type of detailing was such a hallmark of Krisel’s that it can be on dozens of other housing tracts from the mid 1950's to mid 60's, and far too
often we see less and less of these details as these mid-century homes age.
The other two wonderful intact Krisel trademarks that are
still intact on the front are the floor to ceiling four-pane windows, again seen
on countless other tracts throughout the 1950s and 60s, along with the second ‘service
porch’ doorway on the front of the home. Typically these were separated by a
four to five-foot wooden fence to avoid the appearance of having two front
doors, and the original fence on this home is probably long gone.
Side of home & garage
The garage would have been originally detached from the
home, but appears to be connected by a covered breezeway in this example. Also
visible are the original clerestories on the side of the home, another great
This looks like a pretty quaint home, hopefully the new
owner will retain those great original architectural details and make this home
shine like new.