Richard Neutra News: Modernist in the Modern World

One of the wonderful things about Midcentury architecture is preservation and inspiration keep it in the news.  When a home by Richard Neutra goes on the market, it’s newsworthy.  Listings give us a glimpse how a home has been preserved and inspired by the modern times.

I plan to occasionally profile a designer, architect or photographer with current news, showings or stories. Today’s subject is the aforementioned Richard Neutra.

The Hassrick House

Richard Neutra Midcentury Architect NewsFirst is a Richard Neutra home listed in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.  The Hassrick House was built in 1958.  Over the years the home lost its midcentury footprint, but the current owners have restored the house meticulously, using the original plans archived at the University of Penn.

There’s an open house starting in about two hours from this very minute. If you’re in the area take a spin or if you’re in the market for a $2 million mid-century in a secluded part of Philly this is it. Here’s the listing from Berkshire Hathaway.

The Everist House

Hyperallergic has a story about a little known Neutra house located in Sioux City, Iowa.  The Everist’s home was only two Neutra built in the Midwest.

Their story includes pictures of the home today as well as Black and White photos from Neutra’s friend Julius Shulman. Worth a read!

Painted Desert Community Complex

From Curbed comes news of a Richard Neutra design getting a much-deserved facelift. The Painted Desert Community Complex located in Arizona along Route 66 was built in the early 60s.  It serves as the entrance way to the petrified forest, and over the years each change to the building has moved it further from Neutra’s  and  Richard Alexander’s vision.

It’s low profile blends perfectly with the surroundings. I’ve actually visited many years ago unaware it was a Neutra design, likely because it didn’t maintain the look.  It’s my favorite park in the US, and I can add another reason to return.

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