November 14, 2011

Eames House Restoration

One of the most influential Modernist residences, the home of Charles and Ray Eames is undergoing a complete restoration. The Eames Foundation is focusing on maintaining the 60+ year old structure as part of its 250-year preservation plan. The Eames House’s entire collection of 1,800 living room objects is now on display as part of LACMA’s exhibition on California mid-century design, Living In A Modern Way, a clear indication of the home’s prominence. The temporary removal of those artifacts allowed the Eames Foundation to begin its long-planned renovation along with the restoration of the home’s great icons. The foundation has raised about $250,000 for the project, which they estimate will cost roughly $1 million and take about two and a half years. Additional money is being raised through a series of fundraisers at the house. They hope to complete much of the job while the living room objects are still at LACMA.  The Eames family is involved to ensure every detail is correct. Original structure and finishes are being preserved, as they feel it is important that the structure show its age.

To visit the Eames House during construction is a unique opportunity to view the structure of this historic home while it is exposed. Appointments are required during this time, to gain access to the house and grounds.

Photos and excerpts courtesy of the Eames Foundation and the Architects Newspaper.

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