Case Study House Visit

I was given the Case Study House Tour as a birthday gift. What a great gift! I had walked through the mock-up of the Stahl house created for the show on mid-city modern aesthetics at the Temporary Contemporary several years ago. I thought I had pretty much experienced the real thing. Not so! The key to this house is the location. The glass walls makes the airliner view of the L.A. basin part of the design. The experience of being there is almost as dramatic as the different experiences of looking at architectural renderings--floor plans and elevations--and then of walking into the built structure. I enjoyed the mock-up. I was stunned by the real house. Having Mrs. Stahl and the youngest son there made it even more real. Visiting the Eames home and studio was impressive in a different way. I was disappointed we didn't get to go inside, BUT, again, the big surprise was the relationship of the house to the site. I don't think that any photo or book or video conveys how incredibly appropriate these two kinda Mondrian-abstract-appearing structures are to this Pacific-overlooking site. I had never really thought of this as anyone's HOME. The tour changed my opinion. My first surprise was the startling juxtaposition of the homey decor (think FLW's comments about the hearth, enclosure) to the austere glass and siding. Then, even from outside, it was clear the glass walls served as huge, barely framed landscape "paintings." But, of course, the "paintings aren't naturmort; the site makes it clear that this is raw nature just outside. The minimal landscaping accentuates this reaction. So, just as at the Stahl house, the big revelation was experiencing the site, the house as part of the place. The guide told several interesting anecdotes about Ray and Charles Eames that, again, made the experience of being there even more vivid.. What was it like to LIVE in these incredible homes, to be the people for whom these home were built? Want to experience these homes intimately, directly? Take the tour and find out!

Welcome to the Eames House!

Please be aware:

  • Reservations are required for ALL visits.
  • There is no parking at the Eames House; free public street parking is available on Corona del Mar, which is the street just up the hill from the House, a five-minute walk.
  • The Eames House is all the way at the end of a shared private driveway. The driveway entrance has signs for 203 and 205; walk all the way to the end. If you see a buzzer along the walk, do not push it as the Eames House does not have a buzzer. Map.
  • No interior photographs; exterior only for personal use, not publication of any kind.

 

Location:

Eames Foundation
203 Chautauqua Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA  90272


Visiting Hours:

Mondays, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, CLOSED
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Fridays, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Sundays, CLOSED

 

Types of Visits:

Exterior Visits:

$10 per person/students free
Reservation 48 hours in advance


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Exterior Group Visits:

$10/person, students free
Reservation 1 week in advance


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Interior Tours:

Fundraiser starting at $275 for 1-2 people
Reservation 48 hours in advance; 1 week recommended


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Members Appreciation Day, our Annual thank you:

Included in membership
Reserve early, beginning in January 2018


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Picnic:

$750 for up to four, includes interior tour
Reservation one week in advance


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Small Wedding:

$2,500+ for small wedding, includes interior tour for couple
Reservation one month in advance


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Specialty Events: 

We offer cocktail and other group events, with pricing determined by event. Feel free to ask about any other possibilities; we would love to hear your ideas, so you may tailor an event to your particular needs.

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All special event proceeds support conservation work under the 250 Year Project.

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