Tuesday, 11 December 2012


The 28th and final Case Study House is completed: Janss Dev by Buff, Hensman and Associates; it is still intact. This year, John Entenza sells the magazine.

Charles Ormond Eames dies on August 21.

The first American woman goes to space this year.

John Entenza passes away.

Ray Eames dies 10 years to the day of Charles' death.

Lucia Eames, daughter of Charles, founds the Eames Foundation in 2004. They organize tours, maintenance, and restoration of the original building and site.


Charles puts together a short film made up of stills called House – After Five Years of Living.

The Interstate and Defence Highways Act passes. Also, Case Study House No. 17 (by Craig Ellwood, remodelled) is completed.

Case Study House No. 19 by Don Knorr and Elliott Associates was published although it was never built.

Case Study House No. 18 (Fields House by Craig Ellwood, remolded) and No. 21 (Bailey House by Pierre Koenig, remodelled) are finished this year.

Case Study House No. 22 (Stahl house by Pierre Koenig, intact), and No. 23 (Triad by Killingsworth, Brady, Smith and Associates, intact) are completed.

Case Study House No. 24 (Eichler Homes by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick C. Emmons, un-built) is published.

The 25th Case Study House (Frank House by Killingsworth, Brady, Smith and Associates, intact) and the 27th (Campbell and Wong, un-built) are printed. Also Andy Warhol exhibits his Campbell’s Soup Cans.

The Harrison House by David Thorne (or the 26th Case Study House) is complete. It              .                                                                         is still intact today.

The American Civil Rights Act passes this year. The Case Study Homes of 1964 are CSA 1 (Triad Apts by Alfred N. Beadle and Dailey Associates, intact) and CSA 2 (Whiteman Apts by Killingsworth-Brady and Associate, un-built).


The Case Study Program is introduced in Art and Architecture Magazine and the Second World War ends months later. Charles Eames signs up with Eero Saarinen as one of the many architects. Eero is needed because Charles is not a licensed architect; however the house is his design. By December the site is picked and the plans are published. The first Case Study House designed by J. R. Davidson is published, but never built. The US drops the atomic bomb, Germany surrenders, Hitler commits suicide and United Nations is founded. Furthermore, the first computer (ENIAC) was built.

The bikini was invented in 1946 and the designs for Case Study Homes 11 (by J.R. Davidson, demolished), 12 (by Whitney R. Smith, un-built) and 13 (by Richard Neutra, un-built) were completed.

Case Study homes 17 (by Rodney Walker, intact), 2 (by Sumner Spaulding and John Rex, intact), 10 (by Kemper Nomland, intact), and 16, 3 (by Rodney Walker, demolished) are constructed. Moreover, the Evans Production moves to Michigan and they move the Herman Miller Furniture Corporation. The Molded Plywood division is dissolved and becomes the Eames office. Also the Polaroid camera is invented and William Levitt builds the first successful suburb in Norfolk, VA., called Levittown.

Gandhi is assassinated, the “Big Bang Theory” is formulated and the Eames House parts Arrive. They were delayed due to shortages during the war. Case Study Homes 1 (1 by J. R. Davidson and Greta Davidson, collaboration, intact), 7 (by Thornton M. Abell, intact), 18 (West house by Rodney walker), 20 (Bass by Straub and Hensman, Saul Bass, collaboration, intact) are constructed.

This year NATO is established. The Eames House is redesigned in May by and is built by December and the Eames move in on Christmas Eve. Beside the Eames house, Case Study House No. 9 (Entenza House by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, remodelled) is completed. By now John Entenza is running into financial trouble and is having difficulty supporting Charles’s project.

John Entenza sues Charles Eames for a 50% share of royalties in molded plywood furniture by Evans Production since 1943. The Case Study House for 1905 (by Raphael Soriano) is finished, now remodelled.


The Case Study House for 1953 (No. 4 by Craig Ellwood, intact) is published and the first issue of Playboy Magazine is printed.


Alcoholics Anonymous is founded.

The Hoover Dam is completed.

The Golden Gate Bridge opens and the Hindenburg Disaster occurs.


Charles goes under the tutelage of Eliel Saarinen. At the same time John Entenza buys the California Art and Architecture magazine, then changes the name to Art and Architecture. People’s imaginations are also blooming as proven by the broadcast of War of The Worlds which ensues panic in New York.


After a long build-up, WW2 begins.


In France, cave paintings from the Stone Age are found and Charles meets Ray at Cranbrook Academy. Charles works at the academy and and at Eero Saarinen’s office while Ray attends classes at Cranbrook.

Ray and Charles marry in Chicago during June, and in July move to California. This year is also when the Manhattan Project begins.

Charles Eames and John Entenza nurture their friendship by coauthoring an architectural forum.

IM Pei and E H Du Hart house 1943 is published in Art and Architecture, called “Design for Post War Living” along with De Stijl’s work; inspiring the Eames and influencing the fa├žade of the Eames House.


A whole issue of Art and Architecture is dedicated to wood-moulded furniture.


Charles enters Washington University in St. Louis, however he will not leave with the architectural degree he pursues. This year the impending war is being set up by Hitler who publishes Mein Kampf.


Charles marries his fellow student Catherine Woermann. The honeymoon is in Mexico, in which Charles finds inspiration to design churches. He goes on to design several churches before he starts on the Eames House. This year the stock market crashes as well, and the first academy award is presented.

Gandhi starts the Salt march as a nonviolent protest, meanwhile Charles designs in St. Louis, Missouri and Arkansas.

This year air conditioning is invented; scientists split the atom.


Prohibition ends in the USA.


D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation is premiered.

The first self-service grocery store in the USA is established.

The United States of America enters WWI.

WWI ends, however the soldiers bring back the Spanish Flu and a pandemic ensues.

The Treaty of Versailles officially end WWI.

In the USA women are granted the right to vote this year. The 1st commercially radio broadcast is aired and prohibition in America begins.


Insulin is discovered, as is the Tomb of King Tut.


Talking movies are established; which Charles would have been very excited about.


The first Winter Olympics take place in Chamonix, France and gathered the world to focus on world love.



This year, Finland became the first country in Europe to give women the
right to vote and Einstein proposed the Special Theory of Relativity.


On June 17th Charles Ormond Eames was born. This was also the Year
that Picasso introduced cubism to the art world. Furthermore the rules of
war were established at the second World Peace Conference. 


Ford introduces the T-model vehicle.

On December 15 Ray Kaiser was born. That year, The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) is founded and the Titanic sinks.

Henry Ford creates the assembly to starting the mass production of commercially available products.
On July 28; WWI begins. The auto industry sees growth, and the first
traffic light is set up.