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Sold: The Opdahl Residence, Killingsworth, Brady, and Smith (1957)

Sold: The Opdahl Residence, Killingsworth, Brady, and Smith (1957)

5576 Vesuvian Walk, Long Beach, CA 90803
2 bedrooms, 1.25 baths  |  1,200 sqft  |  Map


The Opdahl Residence, 1957 by Edward A. Killingsworth. With the use of two 18 ft. tall redwood walls at the setback lines on both sides of the property, Killingsworth skillfully created an oasis of privacy for the glass walled structure, reflecting pond and peaceful gardens within. Considered by the architect to be his most important work, the house stands as a prototype for building with limited space, and as one of the purest, most sophisticated examples of mid-century modern architecture. As the SoCal chapter of AIA noted in it's honor award, "there is poetry in it's restrained vocabulary of material and form - a precise artistry". Winner of eight prestigious architectural awards and featured in countless publications, the Opdahl house gave the firm of Killingsworth, Brady, Smith international acclaim. Once thought to be lost to neglect, a meticulous restoration by the current owner has brought the house back to it's original glory. The property is now recognized as an historic landmark by the City of Long Beach. 

Won all architectural awards possible for a residence including:
-First Honor AIA Southern California Chapter in 1957
-Architectural Record Award of Excellence 1958
-AIA Sunset Magazine Western Homes Honor Award 1959
-AIA National Honor Award 1960
 

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