They aren't exactly museums in the traditional sense of the word, but instead, they're a collection of fascinating, historic pieces of architecture that were also private residences. Today, they're open to the public - and we're glad they are.
Built in 1930 for Rhoda Rindge and Merritt Huntley Adamson in the Spanish Revival style. Designed by architect Styles O. Clements, its most outstanding feature is the lavish use of ceramic tile, produced by Malibu Potteries. Today it's open as a museum, in Malibu Lagoon State Park and open to the public for guided tours. Current schedule
23200 Pacific Coast Highway
Built in 1899 for the Oliver P. Posey family by architects Theodore Eisen and Sumner Hunt, this extravagant Romantic Revival construction incorporates a variety of architectural styles. Oil baron Edward L. Doheny bought the mansion in 1901 and it still bears his name. Tours are given on selected dates throughout the year. Current schedule
. Frequent concerts by the Da Camera Society
are also held at the mansion.
The Doheny Mansion is on the Doheny campus of Mount St. Mary's College at 10 Chester Place, just south of downtown LA. It's in the South Adams area, which is full of more beautiful, classic mansions.
Also known as Case Study House #8, the Eames House was built as part of The Case Study House Program between the mid-1940s and early 1960s. The plans first appeared in Art and Architecture
magazine in May, 1949 and the style is Mid-Century Modern.
Designed for their personal use by Charles and Ray Eames, for their for personal situation: a married couple working in design and graphic arts, whose children were no longer living at home.
Interior tours are given by request, for small groups. Get the details here. Reservations are also required for self-guided exterior tours.
203 Chautauqua Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA
The house is a private neighborhood and there's no parking at the house. Get directions.
Designed in 1936 as architect Richard Schindler's only spec home, this International style residence predates the mid-century modern styles that followed it. We think its impact is most dramatic if you first tour Schindler's private home, to see the radical changes in his style over just a few-year period.
The house is located at the crest of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive and is open for guided tours by reservation only. The house is owned by the MAK Center, which also runs the Schindler House and you'll find details about the tours at their website.
A well-preserved and fascinating example of Arts and Crafts architecture, designed by Greene and Greene, the house was built in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. It's a National Historic Landmark, owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California.
The house is open for public tours and reservations are recommended. Current schedule.
4 Westmoreland Place
One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most important works, in a style he called "California Romantic," designed in 1917 and built between 1919 and 1923 for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. The complex includes the main house, garage and one other surviving structure.
You can see pictures of the Main House, garage and Residence A
Tours are given a few days a week and reservations are generally not needed. Current schedule
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
This unusual house was designed by Arthur L. Haley in 1915, for Dr. Roy Lanterman who wanted a fireproof bungalow made of reinforced concrete. In the Arts and Crafts style, it retains its its original interiors and furnishings.
Tours are given a few days a month. Current schedule.
4420 Encinas Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA
The original structure was designed and built by architect Richard Neutra with a no-interest loan from a Dutch philanthropist. The then-radical glass house with rooftop and balcony gardens house his office and two families on a small 60 x 70 foot lot. Many consider Neutra one of the most important twentieth-century architects and this house tour gives a chance to see his personal home.
This house is in an area of the Silverlake neighborhood called The Colony, where you'll find e a number of Neutra designs on and around Neutra Place. View these from the outside by touring off Earl Street between Silverlake Boulevard and Glendale Boulevard.
The house is open for tours without appointment most Saturdays. Current schedule.
2300 Silverlake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
After architect Rudolph Schindler came to California in the 1920s to oversee construction of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, he designed his personal residence in West Hollywood. Some say it was the first modern house to respond to California's unique climate, serving as the prototype for the distinctive California style that developed in the early twentieth century.
Schindler's private residence is open to the public several days a week and no reservations are required. Current schedule.
You can also take a regularly scheduled tour of the Schindler-designed Mackey Apartments which are nearby.
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA
You've seen this iconic mid-century house and its view countless times in films, advertisements and magazines. It's a modest-sized house, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a 300-degree-plus view of the city of Los Angeles. Designed by Pierre Koenig in 1959 from a concept developed by the house's owner Buck Stahl, it's also called Case Study House #22.
The Stahl house is still owned by the family, but is available for public viewings, by reservation only.. See the schedule.
1635 Woods Drive
Los Angeles, CA