Designing couple Charles and Ray Eames were known for their intelligence and their joie de vivre, both of which are apparent at the Eames House nestled in the Pacific Palisades. One of Southern California’s most beloved examples of modernist residential design, with its Mondrian-style color-block exterior and environmentally-sensitive siting, this home was the Eames’ residence from the time they moved in—on Christmas Eve of 1949—until their deaths. Visitors park a couple blocks away and walk up the hilly driveway for a self-guided tour of the exterior ($10, reservations required). Interior tours are more difficult to come by: Members are invited for an appreciation day, always scheduled near the Eames’ June 20 anniversary. Anyone can book a one-hour personal tour ($275/$200 for members), but if you’re a real Eames fan, you may want to splurge on the picnic for four in the meadow ($750/$675 for members) and recreate the opening shots of the duo’s popular Powers of Ten video.
Photograph: John Morse
|Venue name:||Eames House||Contact:|
203 Chautauqua Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Tues and Thur-Sat 10am-4pm; closed Wed and Sun|
|Price:||$10; students and children free|