One of Richard Neutra's most memorable architectural landmarks is open for tours to the public. It's also in serious need of our help!
The Neutra VDL Research Site in SIlverlake was built in three waves over 30 years. On a small 60x70 foot lot, it was capable of housing the Neutra office and three separate families in a tranquil environment with patios, pools, and rooftop and balcony gardens where nature penetrated these urban dwelling spaces. It demonstrated that modern urban design could be affordable and green: a cooling rooftop reflection pool, large overhangs and movable sun louvers were innovative climate sensitive design features. In fall 2007, Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design, The VDL Advisory Board and Dr. Raymond Neutra launched two fund raising campaigns to preserve the historic property. But if they're unable to raise the $30,000 needed to pay insurance, utilities and upkeep of the Neutra VDL Research Site by October 1, 2008, the building complex is threatened with closure, possible sale to a private party, and quite possibly permanent loss of public and educational access. To get involved, you can start by touring the property for a fee of $10 (all of which goes to maintaining the site) or click here to find out how to get more involved. [images from 7D7 Studio (Omar)]