Case Study NA01 / by Scott Newland

This is a paraphrase from the Arts and Architecture magazine article in 1945 on Case Study House Program’s House #1 by J.R. Davidson.  It applies largely to my own goals for our own house.

“[Newland Architecture] will build as soon as practicable… [for] a fairly typical American family…  Let us then presuppose a Mr. and Mrs. X, both of whom are professional people with mutual business interests, the family consisting of one teen-aged daughter [soon to be] away at school and [an older son who is also away at school but] is an occasional welcome guest in the house.  In this case, we must suppose that the joint income is sufficient to provide ample but not elaborate living standards.

“[When guests] will enter the normal life of the household, it is desired that some separation be provided, if possible, quarters to be in the nature of a small separate apartment in which privacy can be achieved when desired.

“Provision for the daughter, whose schooling will necessarily develop into longer periods away from home as her education proceeds, must be on the basis of space usable to the parents when not given over to the child.  We might assume a variety of interests in activities related to the work of the parents, provision for indulging in gardening as exercise and recreation, and also arrangements for an indoor hobby in which they both might share.

“Inasmuch as it might be presumed that this will be a servantless house, it must be designed in such a way that care and upkeep do not interfere with the professional activities of the occupants.

“The house is to be a simple and straightforward expression of the living demand of modern-minded people wishing to cope with their living problems on a contemporary basis.

“We now place this all neatly in the lap of Mr. [Scott J. Newland].”