Case Study House Climbing Wall, Bel Air California, Craig Ellwood, 1952

For #TBT, the climbing wall of a 1952-53 house at 1811 Bel Air Road in California.  The Case Study houses were a series of modernist prototypes for postwar living, largely constructed around LA between 1945 and 1966, and now the subject of a beautiful retrospective book from Taschen.  This house is #16, by Craig Ellwood.  According to the coverage in Art and Architecture from 1953, the wall ‘jungle gym’ was designed by Eric Armstrong, and the play yard also included a wall blackboard.   Thanks to Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop for the photo! [Note the similarity to the more recent climbing wall in melbourne by clare cousins]

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