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Photo, Print, Drawing Eames House, 203 Chautauqua Boulevard, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA

[ Drawings from Survey HABS CA-2903  ]

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About this Item


  • Eames House, 203 Chautauqua Boulevard, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA


  • Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
  • Eames, Charles
  • Eames, Ray
  • Acker, Kenneth
  • Saarinen, Eero
  • Contini, Edgardo
  • Eames, Lucia
  • Charles and Ray Eames House Preservation Foundation, Inc.
  • Lamport, Cofer, Salzman, Inc.
  • Lamport, Paul
  • Cofer, Jack
  • Ellwood, Craig
  • California Cornice, Steel & Supply Corporation
  • Salzman, Henry
  • Mackintosh & Mackintosh
  • Burke, Jon Nelson
  • Eames Foundation
  • Kaiser Steel
  • Truscon Steel Company
  • Celotex Corporation
  • Mississippi Glass Company
  • Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company
  • Payne Furnace Company
  • Pryne & Company, Inc.
  • Kohler Company
  • W. A. Case & Son Manufacturing Company
  • Binswanger and Company
  • Harvey Machine Company
  • United States Plywood Corporation
  • Voit
  • Goodyear Time & Rubber Company, Inc.
  • Chicopee Manufacturing Company
  • Alexander Smith & Sons
  • Modern Building Specialties Co.
  • Roberts Company
  • E. L. Bruce Company
  • Swedlow Plastics Company
  • Klearflax Linen Looms, Inc.
  • Deering Millikan & Company
  • Laverne Original
  • C. W. Stockwell Company
  • Swedlow Company
  • California Panel & Veneer Company
  • The Formica Company
  • American Cabinet Hardware Corporation
  • Republic Steel, Berger Manufacturing Division
  • Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co.
  • Gotham Lighting Corporation
  • Cannon Electric Development Company
  • Kierulff and Company
  • Century Lighting, Inc.
  • Bell Electric Company
  • American Stove Company
  • The Blackstone Corporation
  • Kelvinator
  • Sunbeam Corporation
  • Grant Pulley & Hardware Company
  • Kirsch
  • Bobrick Manufacturing Company
  • Howard Miller Company
  • Sunmaster
  • Meilink Steel Safe Company
  • Altec Lansing Corporation
  • Flush Wall Radio Company
  • American Device Manufacturing Company
  • Albinson, Don
  • Randl, Chad, project manager
  • Slaton, Deborah, project manager
  • Historic Preservation Education Foundation, sponsor
  • Getty Conservation Institute, sponsor
  • Lavoie, Catherine C., program manager
  • Sargent, Liz, historian
  • Normandin, Kyle, project manager
  • Sandmeier, Trudi, faculty sponsor
  • Penich, Timothy, field team
  • Garcia Enguita, Amable, field team
  • Gilbert, Sarah, field team
  • Herrick, Dan, field team
  • Neri, Daniel, field team

Created / Published

  • Documentation compiled after 1933


  • -  domestic life
  • -  Modern architectural elements
  • -  glass
  • -  living rooms
  • -  studios
  • -  steel structural frames
  • -  architects
  • -  spiral stairs
  • -  retaining walls
  • -  stucco
  • -  decking
  • -  eucalyptus trees
  • -  concrete foundations
  • -  courtyards
  • -  trails & paths
  • -  steel columns
  • -  sliding doors
  • -  patios
  • -  kitchens
  • -  bathrooms
  • -  darkrooms
  • -  cupboards
  • -  vinyl tile floors
  • -  metal & glass (structural systems)
  • -  recessed light fixtures
  • -  meadows
  • -  carports
  • -  California -- Los Angeles County -- Los Angeles

Latitude / Longitude

  • 34.029747,-118.519399


  • -  Significance: The Eames House is significant as an exemplary and influential example of post-World War II modern architecture and for its association with the lives of notable designers and residents Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses were prolific artists who played a formative role in design and popular culture during the mid-twentieth century. Perhaps best known for their molded plywood chairs and other furniture, they also worked in experimental and educational film production, graphic and industrial design, and architecture. The Eames House is one of the best-known examples of American postwar modern residential design. It embodied the objectives of the Case Study House program, which sought to explore how the products of industrial mass production could be applied to postwar housing, and would prove highly influential in residential design during the 1950s. At the same time, the house was a remarkably personal structure. With the large, two-story living room as its focal point, the residence was a showcase of the Eameses' tastes and design priorities. Their collection of vernacular art and craft objects contrasted with the setting of a high modern interior marked by a sparse austerity. The house served as a promotional tool for their practice, a public representation of their personalities, a setting for their films, and a backdrop for photo shoots featuring their furniture, toys, and other designs. The subject of innumerable magazine profiles, the house and studio provided a home base for the couple's myriad talents and interests. The house has won numerous accolades since its construction. In 1977, the American Institute of Architects bestowed upon the house its Twenty-Five Year Award. The AIA Southern California Chapter listed three factors contributing to their nomination of the house for this award: its status as the most beautiful and least altered of the Case Study houses; its integration of landscape features, such as the meadow site overlooking Santa Monica Canyon and the Pacific Ocean into the site design; and its combination of industrial assembly with a rich variety of interior spaces and collection of objects.
  • -  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N2085
  • -  Survey number: HABS CA-2903
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1949 Initial Construction
  • -  Building/structure dates: after. 1950- before. 1955 Subsequent Work
  • -  Building/structure dates: ca. 1990 Subsequent Work
  • -  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 06000978


  • Measured Drawing(s): 13
  • Data Page(s): 33

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HABS CA-2903

Source Collection

  • Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)


  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Control Number

  • ca4169

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Charles Eames, Ray Eames, Kenneth Acker, Eero Saarinen, Edgardo Contini, Lucia Eames, et al. Eames House, 203 Chautauqua Boulevard, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Eames, C., Eames, R., Acker, K., Saarinen, E., Contini, E. [...] Neri, D. (1933) Eames House, 203 Chautauqua Boulevard, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al. Eames House, 203 Chautauqua Boulevard, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.