The Neutra House in Los Altos is an example of mid-century modernism architecture designed by Richard Neutra. Finished in 1939, it was one of three small homes built on a half-acre orchard on Marvin Avenue. Each of the first two, one-bedroom homes contained approximately 750 square feet, small even for the time. The final third smaller home was built later. The location on Marvin Avenue isn't far from the current location on Hillview, where the current "Neutra House" was moved to city land a few years ago. The restoration project was completed in 2008.
The home was extensively renovated with donations from community supporters. Since the home was completely restored, it has been made available as a community center available for conferences, meetings, or other events. There is also a complete HDTV A/V system available for presentations and other similar displays. Visitors can see the history of Richard Neutra and other modern homes in Los Altos.
This home is one of many fascinating structures in Los Altos that offers insight into early 20th century architectural standards. There is a concerted effort in Los Altos to retain homes that offer some historic qualities or reflect unique architectural interest relative to the town. This house is one of the highest quality examples in the town since it was moved and restored.
For more information and details on seeing the property, visit The Neutra House Project website. You'll find links to details about the life of Richard Neutra, the restoration project, and who was involved.