Yesterday, the Eames’ house – also known as Case Study House #8 – celebrated it’s 60th anniversary with a picnic and silent auction at the home of Charles’ daughter, Lucia Eames. The Eames’ are well known for their furniture designs and short films, and their house is the purest form of their aesthetic, because it was so personal. There is a nice article in the New York Times about them and their house, you can read it here. The house was built in 1949, costing only $1 per square foot. The idea was to introduce prefab materials that were already commonly used in factories and the like into residential architecture, to create a more versatile house.
The Eames house can be visited year-round, but only the exterior. Once a year, in June, they allow for interior tours, in order to reduce the wear on the house. Over the weekend, they had a member’s appreciation day that included a tour, and the next day was the picnic which included kite flying. Sounds like fun!