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 8, 2016
Westridge Park Palmer & Krisel Time Capsule For Sale – Winnetka, CA
Built in 1959 by builder George Heltzer is this time capsule
of a home in Westridge Park in Winnetka, CA in the San Fernando Valley.
Designed by architects Palmer & Krisel, this home features three bedrooms
and two bathrooms in 1,823 expanded square feet, a detached rear-yard garage,
and an in-ground pool all on an 8,600 square-foot cul-de-sac lot with an asking
price of $509,000.
Unfortunately there aren’t many photographs of this
midcentury modern time capsule, but this home was too good not to share. The
home sits behind a small front yard, currently the perfect candidate for a
modernist water-conserving makeover. The façade of the home features a fun
checkerboard screen concealing a front-facing bathroom window, a combination of
clapboard siding and stucco and Krisel’s signature four-pane windows. A neatly
trimmed hedgerow sits at the base of the home, while wild junipers grow along
the south side of the front yard.
Inside, the living room sits at the rear of the home while
the kitchen lies at the front. On this floorplan, the master bedroom and bath
sit between the entry and living room at the front of the home, a breakfast
nook adjacent to the entry and the kitchen opposite the nook. There’s also an
approximate 400 square-foot family room addition at the northeast corner of the
home, which unfortunately there are no pictures of.
Living room - WOW!
The rear facing living room looks straight out of 1959, with
Krisel’s signature modernist fireplace anchoring the west wall of the room.
Clerestory windows sit above a paneled overmantle, which in turn sits above
thin, horizontal stonework. Topping off the room is a thoughtfully-placed
vintage George Nelson cigar lamp helping to anchor the fireplace and set the
mid-mod tone for the room.
The kitchen still maintains its original dark-stained
cabinets, white tile countertops, along with vintage appliances, including
fridge. The floor looks to be mid to later 1960s, but is still pretty wild and
vintage in its own right.
Pool and rear yard detached garage
Backyard and pool
The large backyard contains a good-sized in-ground pool, a
covered patio off of the living room and a detached garage accessed via an adjacent
alleyway. Mature trees and shrubs line backyard, and like the front, is in need
of a modernist makeover that better suits the style of the home.
There aren’t any photos of the bed or bathrooms, but judging
by the few home photos shown, they’ve got to be straight out of 1959. Frighteningly,
the listing agent suggests that this home needs updating, hopefully a Krisel enthusiast
will bring out the best and retain the features that give this home so much character.