U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Celebrates Neutra VDL House Honor

Architect Richard Neutra’s Silver Lake home receives National Historic Landmark Designation

 LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 23, 2017) – U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (CA-28th District) on Sunday attended as the guest of honor at the unveiling ceremony at the Neutra VDL House Studio and Residences celebrating the National Historic Landmark designation of the family home of modernist architect Richard Neutra.

A reception was held from 4:30-6 p.m. at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90039. Schiff, a longtime supporter of the Neutra VDL House, was instrumental in pushing for the designation along with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA). It was among 24 national historic landmarks added to the NHL registry in the final days of President Barack Obama’s administration.

"I was so proud to have fought for the inclusion of Neutra VDL Studio and Residences on the National Historic Landmark registry, and gratified to see it come to fruition,” said Schiff, whose district includes the 3,500-square foot property. “Its significance is beyond regional or architectural – its place in history as a gathering place for prominent figures in music, art and politics, coupled with its value to practitioners and scholars of the design field, demonstrates Richard Neutra’s legacy as a part of the country’s vibrant cultural heritage. We are all so happy to see this day finally come."

One of the few residential examples of midcentury modern architecture on the national list, the former Neutra family home and design studio is owned by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and managed by the College of Environmental Design, which uses it to educate college students and the public about Southern California’s heritage as a laboratory for modern architecture.

The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 2009. Its listing in the NRHP marks it as a historic site worthy of preservation. There are more than 90,000 NRHP properties listed, of which 534 are in Los Angeles County.

Inclusion in the highly selective NHL list illustrates the significance of the Neutra Home as a valuable piece of American heritage.  The national historic landmark designation was based on three criteria:

  • Richard Neutra’s stature as a person of national historic importance for his influence on California Modern architecture;
  • The residence’s centrality to numerous career highlights in Neutra’s design projects and book authorship; and
  • Its demonstration of the ideas of the economic assemblage of industrial components and landscape to serve biological and social needs.