In 1963, renown Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer designed a home in Santa Monica’s La Mesa Drive for director/filmmaker Joseph Strick and his wife Anne. It is the only house Niemeyer designed in the US (where he was banned because of his leftist political associations). The couple was living in the Gregory Ain-designed Mar Vista Tract when they commissioned Niemeyer whom they never met in person. They loved his work in Brasilia and believed it was wrong that he was not allowed to work in the country for his political views. They communicated via correspondence, while architect Ulrich Plaut handled the working drawings. The couple divorced before the home was complete and was later sold and forgotten. Modern collectors Michael and Gabrielle Boyd acquired the property after the landmarks commission prevented a developer’s planned demolition. They got down to work and the home is now fully restored.
1950s Westinghouse | “Total Electric Living” - A look at the typical American family in the Atomic Age and how they live luxuriously in a fully functional and futuristic home through the wonders of electricity.
“Imagine this: Total Electric Living… where electricity does absolutely everything: heats, air conditions, cooks, preserves food, lights, entertains, encourages hobbies, makes it the easiest way ever for you and your family to be happier, healthier, to live fuller lives.” - Westinghouse Corporation
The San Mateo Highlands Eichler subdivision, the largest contiguous Eichler development (over 700 homes), was built over an 11-year period from 1955 to 1965. It incorporates a wide-range of models, from smaller 3-bedroom homes to a number of unusual split-level and two-story homes built in the early 60’s. It is home to the radical all-steel custom Eichler home known as the X-100. It was designed by A. Quincy Jones and built in 1956 to attract potential buyers to The Highlands.