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WILLIAM (BILL) KRISEL, AIA (1924-)
It's pronounced cry-zul!
Krisel was born in Shanghai, China. He moved with his American parents to Beverly Hills CA in 1937 and graduated from Beverly Hills HS. After serving in WWII, he graduated in 1949 from the University of Southern California in Architecture. With Dan Palmer, Krisel formed Palmer & Krisel architects. Krisel designed more than 30,000 homes throughout California.
In the late 1950's, Krisel helped to nearly double the size of Palm Springs by building 2,500 tract homes, most of which still exist today. Krisel is best known for Modernist developments created for the Alexander Company, one of the first Modernist housing tracts in the US.
Beginning in 1956 with Twin Palms in Palm Springs, Krisel designed large communities in Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Florida and Arizona. By 1957 he was working for 7 of the 10 largest home builders in the country. Krisel has also been a licensed landscape architect since 1954.
The Getty Research Institute houses the Krisel archives. Many thanks to Catherine Westergaard Cramer for her extensive research.
1946 - The Lionel Krisel House I, Rancho Santa Fe CA. Lionel was Bill's older brother. Unbuilt.
1951 - The Gina Janns House, 8688 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1957 to actress Martha Hyer (Academy Award nominee,1958), top photo. The house was robbed in 1959. Owned by Richard and Lauren Donner since at least 1995.
1951 - The Maslon House, Glenroy Avenue, Westwood CA. Unsure if built.
1951 - The Rothberg House, Sherman Oaks CA. Unsure if built.
1951 - The Lindsay House, Brentwood CA. Unsure if built.
1952 - The Baron House, Westwood CA. Unsure if built.
1952 - The Carroll House, Los Angeles CA. Unsure if built.
1953 - Tampa Homes Housing tract, Tampa Avenue, Reseda CA. Developed by Dunas, Greene, and Dunas, it was one of Krisel and Palmer's first housing tracts. The neighborhood consisted of 12 homes. Above example is 6529 Tampa Avenue.
1953 - Encino Foothills housing tract,
Encino CA. Assumed unbuilt.
Developed byDunas, Greene and Dunas.
1953 - Parkwood Covina Housing tract, West Covina CA. Developed by Devon Construction Company. Above example: 1318 East Walnut Creek.
1954 - The Ernie Leduc House, 20431 Napa Street in Winnetka CA. Part of Parkwood Estates. Deeded to Lovina Leduc. Photos by Michael Locke. For sale for the first time in 2016.
1954 - Lurline Houses Housing tract, Winnetka CA. Developed by Dunas Greene and Swidler.
1954 - The Salzman House, location unknown.
1954 - Bartley Grove Estates housing
tract, Downey CA. Above
example: 11015 Abbotsford.
Above example: 11015 Abbotsford.
1954 - Valwood Estates housing tract, Holt Avenue and Arroyno, Pomona CA. Six basic plans A-F. Example above: 2225 Concord.
1954 - The Katharine Hepburn Addition, location unknown. Krisel and Hepburn played tennis together at some of the private clubs. Hepburn and Spencer Tracy did have a home in Palm Springs at 776 Mission Road. It is possible that an addition was considered but never built. Needs verification.
1954 - The Louise Manor Housing tract, M. J. Bristol developer, Lake Balboa CA. Lake Balboa is part of Van Nuys CA. Above example is 17219 Valerio Street.
1954 - The Swidler House, Los Angeles CA. Unsure if built.
1954 - The Palm Gardens Housing tract, Murray Strauss developer, Granada Hills CA. Above example: 15655 Simonds Street.
1954 - The Palm Gables Housing tract, Murray Strauss developer, San Fernando CA. Status unknown.
1954 - The Yolanda Gardens housing Tract, Cal-Frank Homes developer, Reseda CA. Above example: 6447 Rhea Avenue.
1955 - Foremost Park Homes housing tract,
developed by Foremost Contracting and Engineering, La Puente CA.
Above example: 1040 Feather.
Above example: 1040 Feather.
1955 - The Van Owen Estates Housing tract, Arthur Weber developer, Winnetka CA. Commissioned 1952.
1955 - Allied Gardens housing tract, developed by Bollenbacker and Kelton), Hacienda Heights CA. Above example is 1702 Armington Avenue.
1955 - Tract houses developed by Louis Lesser, Buena Park CA. Unsure if built.
1955 - Tract houses, developed by Howard Miller, Torrance CA. Unsure if built.
1955 - Parkside housing tract, Garden Grove CA. Unbuilt.
1955 - The Bermuda Woods housing tract, Reseda CA.
Developed by Dunas, Greene and Swidler. Above example:
8141 Calvin Avenue.
Above example: 8141 Calvin Avenue.
1955 - Midland Meadows housing tract, developed by Midland Properties, Fullerton CA. Above example: 502 West Houston.
1955 - Midland housing tract, developed by Midland Properties, La Mirada CA. Unsure if built.
1955 - Midland Park Estates housing tract, developed by Midland Properties, Fullerton CA. Above example: 2495 Santa Ysabel.
1955 - The Barker House, no location. Assumed unbuilt.
1955 - The Skylar House, Hollywood CA. Assumed unbuilt.
1955 - The Dunas House, Brentwood CA. built for one of the Dunas family members of the Dunas, Green and Dunas developers Krisel worked with in Southern California. There are notes that Krisel also designed a kitchen/bath remodel in 1960.
1955 - The William Krisel House, 568 Tigertail Road, Los Angeles CA. Krisel sold the property to Nancy Heller, a neighbor who had plans to restore it. But according to Heller "the house was infested with termites, there was mold everywhere...even if we had taken it down to the studs, we would have had to remove the studs." Krisel disagreed. "Baloney, the house wasn't in bad shape." Heller sold the property in 2015 to the Darya Family LLC which promptly destroyed it. A new house was being built there as of 2016.
1956 - The Northridge West tract houses, Northridge CA. Above example: 8755 Penfield Avenue.
1956 - The Signature House, Midwood Construction Company, Los Angeles CA. Built for the 1956 Los Angeles Home Show. Featured in August 1956 House and Home, page 3. Photo by Julius Shulman.
1956 - Tract houses, Cassell Investment Company, no location, unbuilt.
1956 - The Kaplan House, Palm Springs CA. Status unknown.
1956 - Midwood Signature Homes, Garden Grove CA. The developer was J. H. Snyder.
1956 - Devonshire Woods housing tract, Royal Hoes/Harlon Lee developer. Likely unbuilt.
1956 - The Richmond Heights housing tract, Hanford CA. Sierra Properties was the developer, Above example: 1000 East Myrtle Avenue, Hanford CA. Sold October 2015 to Heather Snyder.
1956 - The Maslon House, Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles. Unbuilt. Commissioned 1954.
This is perhaps the same Maslon couple who had Neutra design their house in
Rancho Mirage, since destroyed.
1956 - The Storybrook
1956 - The StorybrookVillage housing tract, North Hills CA. Developed by Adler and the Investment & Building Corporation. Above example: The A. Stevens Meyer house, 16340 Gledhill Street. Sold for the first time in 2015 to Misty Montgomery and Alfredo Martinez.
1956 - The Sycamore Lanai Apartments, aka Sycamore Villas, 1736 North Sycamore, Los Angeles CA. Developed by George Alexander Construction. 36 units of apartments, at least one is listed on booking.com as of 2016.
1957 - The Marlborough Palms Housing Tract, Granada Hills CA. Commissioned 1956. Despite the active promotion of Modernist designs, the subdivision was ultimately built with a mixture of Ranch house styles and more conventional motifs. Above example: 10625 Debra.
1957 - Modern Gables housing tract, Van Nuys CA.
Strauss was the developer.
Murray Strauss was the developer.Commissioned around 1954. Above example: 14300 Runnymede Street, sold in 2016 to Joe Avenisian.
1957 - The Alexander House, 1070 East Apache Road, Palm Springs CA.
1957 - Dunas Sepulveda housing tract, Encino CA. Dunas Investment Company was the developer. Unbuilt.
1957 - Tract Houses, Bel Air CA. Developed by Elwain Steinkamp. Unsure if built.
1957 - The Ramon Rise Development, Ramon Road and El Cielo Drive, Little Beverly Hills, Palm Springs CA. Built by the Dunas/Alexander Construction Company. 84 houses. Above example: 663 Souith Beverly Drive (1958).
1957 - Valley of the Sun Estates, Rancho Mirage CA. George M. Holstein and Son, builders. 15 homes, 12 on Sandsu and Sandsal Circles, 3 on the west side of Palomino Lane. Above example: 36421 Sandsu Circle.
1957 - Living Conditioned Homes housing tract, Northridge CA.
Deveoped by Investment and Building Corporation, Sanford D. Adler.
They were a hit with the public, advertised as "keyed to good
living, providing the greatest degree of comfort, livability, and
convenience." Or as Krisel more eloquently states, "advertising
They were a hit with the public, advertised as "keyed to good living, providing the greatest degree of comfort, livability, and convenience." Or as Krisel more eloquently states, "advertising puffery."Above example is 18417 Minnehaha Street, the original sales model for the development. Sold to Richard and Sophie Mann. Sold in 2008 to Gem and Mark Noland. Sold in 2016 to Eileen Kohlhepp and Robert S. Wilson.
1957 - Krisel Apartments, Rancho Santa Fe CA. Unbuilt.
.George Holstein, developer.
1958 - Palm Springs Oasis Development, Palm Springs CA. Unsure of status.
1958 - 1932 South Navajo Drive, Palm Springs CA. Built by Alexander. Part of El Camino Estates. Sold in 2008. For sale in 2016.
1958 - Northridge College Estates housing tract, Northridge CA.
1958 - Tract houses, San Diego CA. Lealand Builders and Drogin were the developers. Unbuilt.
1958 - The Lom Park Homes housing tract, Lompoc CA. Above example is 300 North Daisy.
1958 - The Armstrong Homes, Santa Maria CA. Above example is 806 East Tunnell. Sold in 2016 to the Hale Family Trust.
1958 - The Cabrillo Palisades Apartments, aka Agave Ridge Townhomes, 7901 Harmarsh Street, San Diego CA.
1959 - The Racquet Club Estates,360 homes located north of Vista Chino Avenue and east of Indian Canyon Boulevard, Palm Springs CA. Built by George Alexander Construction. The homes were weekend getaway pads, many owned by Hollywood celebrities who frequented the Racquet Club. Above photo: 2311 North Avenida Caballeros.
1959 - The Berger House, San Diego CA. Unbuilt .
1959 - The Lionel Krisel House II, 1559 North Bundy, Los Angeles CA. Lionel was Bill's older brother. Sold in 1975 to Glenwood and Marya Garvey.
1959 - aka the Pan Pacific Home Show House, 118 South Saltair Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold to Ronald and Charlotte Ching.
1959 - The Lionel Krisel House, 974 Teakwood Road, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1959 - The Bonita Hills housing tract, Bonita CA. William Starr was the developer. Likely unbuilt.
1959 - The College Glen Estates housing tract, San Diego CA. Developed by Drogin Construction. Above examples are along Baja Drive.
3526 Larga Circle, San Diego CA. Sold November 2015 to Johan and Angelica Ohlund.
2913 Marquette Street, San Diego CA. Sold in 2015 to Eric and Kristen Hayes.
1959 - The Point Loma Estates housing tract, San Diego CA. Drogin Construction Company was the developer. Above two homes have stayed quite original.
1959 - Proposed development, Harol Construction, Yuma AZ. Unbuilt.
1959 - La Jolla Scenic Heights housing tract, La Jolla CA. Drogin Construction Company was the developer. Above example at 8356 Sugarman Drive was sold in 2015 to second owners Kamyar Ghassemi and Nooshin Azami.
1959 - Tract houses, Phoenix AZ. Robert Altman, developer. Unbuilt.
1960 - Vista Las Palmas Estates, Palm Springs CA. This was a three phase development started in 1956 with Palmer and Krisel responsible for phases II (completed in 1960) and III (completed in 1959). Phase II includes Rose Avenue and the southwestern bend of Abrigo Road. Phase III includes Fairview, Tuxedo, and Cornet Circle, along with Regal Drive. Above photo is the model home at 1215 Via Paraiso, built in 1959.
1960 - The Golden Vista Estates, Palm Springs CA. Many houses built by George Alexander Construction. Above example: 893 North Fair Circle.
1960 - The Bob and Helene Alexander House, aka the House of Tomorrow,
aka Elvis Honeymoon House,
1350 Ladera Circle ,
,Palm Springs CA. Rented for about a year by Elvis and Priscilla Presley for their honeymoon.
1961 - Tierra del Cerro housing tract, San Diego CA. Drogin Construction was the developer. Commissioned 1958. Above example is 6666 Airoso Avenue, San Diego. Original Krisel corner fireplace. Sold to Joseph DeJesus. Sold in 1989 to Michael Weiss. Sold in 1998 to Willard and Yong Smith. Sold in 2007 to William and Irene Dang. Sold in 2013 to Daniel and Carile Robitaille. Sold in 2016 to Jessica Delfelder and Matthew Leonard.
1961 - La Jolla Crest housing tract,
La Jolla CA.
1961 - Brighton Gardens housing tract, Drogin Construction, developer, Montebello CA. Unbuilt.
1961 - Tract Houses, Drogin Construction, developer, San Diego CA. Unbuilt.
1961 - The Northeast Clairemont Village Apartments, Irving Kahn, developer, San Diego CA. Unbuilt.
1961 - Brighton Gardens, FHA 231 Project, David Sapp Construction, San Diego CA. Unsure if built.
1961 - The Brandon Plaza Apartments, West Hollywood CA. Includes many remodels. As of 2015, owned by Gary Krisel, William's nephew.
1961 - The Crestmont Hills housing tract, El Paso TX. Lonestar Builders was the developer. Commissioned 1957. Above example is 313 Clairemont Drive, sold in 2015 to Luis Estrella.
1961 - Silver Spur Properties, Palm Desert CA. Developed by
Louis Lesser Enterprises.
Silver Spur Ranch,
once home to Bing Crosby, was developed beginning in the 1950s with
development continuing into the 2010s.
There are many styles of houses. Some of the Modern ones are by Krisel.
There are many styles of houses. Some of the Modern ones are by Krisel.
1962 - Carriage Estates housing tract, Baker and Samar Streets,
Costa Mesa CA.
Drogin Construction Co., developer,
Commissioned 1960. Four and
five bedroom, three bath homes. Went through foreclosure in
June 1962. Unsure of
next ownership. Above example is .
Unsure of next ownership. Above example is2900 Baker Street, sold in 2016 to Laura Cody Morris
1962 - University City housing tract, San Diego CA. U. C. Inc., FHA, and Irvin Kahn, developers. Commissioned 1960. Above example is 2597 Soderblom Avenue, sold in 2015 to Benjamin and Barbara Meyer.
1963 - Pacifica housing tract, Developed by Drogin Construction. Commissioned 1960. Above example is 5068 San Aquario.
1963 - The Bankers Hill Apartments, Corey/Ballard, developer, Bankers Hill, San Diego CA. Location unknown. Photo by ModernSanDiego.
1964 - Viewpoint Homes housing tract,
La Jolla CA. Deeloped by
Drogin Construction. Commissioned
1960. Unbu ilt.
1963 - Armstrong Gardens/Santa Monica Gardens apartments, FHA and Allan and Allan, developers, Santa Maria CA. Commissioned 1962. Likely unbuilt.
1963 - Benton Homes Co-op Development, Palm Springs CA. Probably unbuilt.
1963 - The Vanowen Apartments, San Fernando CA. Unbuilt.
1963 - The Royal La Jollan Apartments,
Corey/Ballard, developer, Los Angeles CA. Likely unbuilt.
1963 - The La Jolla Towers Apartments, La Jolla CA. Unbuilt.
3315 Ayita Circle
3224 Sundown Drive
2085 Ottawa Drive
1963 - Paradise Palms housing tract, Las Vegas NV. Developed by Molaskey Development.
1963 - La Quinta Keys, developed by Sandpiper Builders, Palm Desert CA. Status unknown.
1963 - The William Kemp House, 73140 Fiddleneck Lane, Palm Desert CA. Sold in 2012 to Jill Lyall.
1964 - Desert Hills Cooperative Apartments, Palm Springs CA. Albert Levitt was the builder. Commissioned 1953. Built. Needs verification.
1964 - The Hiland Houses housing tract. Lawrence Drogin Construction was the builder. Location unknown. Unbuilt.
1964 - The Riviera Shores Apartments, San Diego CA. Nothing found except a listing in his collection.
1964 - Country Club Apartments, Palm Springs CA. Milton Hicks Investment Company was the builder. Commissioned 1953. Probably unbuilt.
1964 - The Point Loma Towers, 3811 Marquette Place, San Diego CA. Name changed to Gables Point Loma and listed as 3801-3811 Marquette Place. Sold to LG Point Loma LP.
1965 - The Bonita Woods housing tract, Bonita Woods Drive and Sweetwater Road, Chula Vista CA. Commissioned 1964. 75 homes on a 41-acre site. Lawrence Drogin Construction was the builder on a site that was once part of an Indian camp from 4,000-6,000 ago. Above example: 4822 Whipporwill.
1965 - The Marlwood Golf Club Homes, developed by Marlborough/Penrod developers, Granada Hills CA. Commissioned 1964. Likely unbuilt.
1965 - The Kreinman House, Los Angeles CA.
1965 - The Farrell Canyon Estates Development, Sonora Road, Palm Springs CA. This was an 48-house addition to a development built in 1963 by architects L. C. Majors and Associates. George Alexander was the developer. Unbuilt. The project was cut short when the Alexanders were killed in an airplane crash in 1965.
1965 - The La Jolla Villa Apartments, La Jolla CA. Likely unbuilt; nothing found by that name.
1966 - The Stevens House, Malibu CA. Unbuilt. Could possibly be te project eventually designed by John Lautner. Needs verification.
1966 - The College Park Villa Apartments, San Diego CA. Likely unbuilt; nothing found by that name.
1966 - the Sandpiper Condominiums, Sandpiper and El Paseo Streets, Palm Desert CA. Commisioned 1958. 306 units were built by Sandpiper Builders, who also had a design for similarly named condos in Indian Wells, unbuilt. Above example is 72389 El Paseo, Unit 1406.
1966 - Corona del Cerro, Drogin Construction, developer, San Diego CA. Commissioned 1961. Sold originally as plans and lots through Better Homes and Gardens. Over 100 sets of plans sold; some were built.
1966 - Canyon View Estates, Palm Springs CA. Commissioned 1961. Roy Fey was the developer. Originally planned for 225 residences, Krisel eliminated 45 of them in favor of more green space. As Alexander Construction Company completed each group of homes, a new homeowners association was created. Today, six HOAs work to preserve the neighborhood’s distinctive feel, with each group of homes around a common pool, spa, and greenway.
1967 - King's Point Development, King's Road, Palm Springs CA. Bob Grundt was the builder. 44 free-standing condominiums.
1967 - The Collwood Glen Apartments, William Starr developer,4546 52nd Street, San Diego CA. Not much information, Property Shark doesn't show a date. San Diego county records have parcel info but no build date.
1968 - The Park West/Park East Apartments, location unknown. Mabie and Mintz were the developers. Unbuilt.
1968 - aka the Grundt-Tipper House, 2587 South Paqueno Drive, Palm Springs CA. The house was designed for Grundt. Tipper bought the house pre-construction. Status unknown.
1968 - The Canyon Lake Development, Riverside County CA. Developed by Corona Land Development. One of only five gated cities in California, Canyon Lake began as a master-planned community developed by Corona Land Company in 1968. Consisting of 4,801 community lots, all of the homes within the city are located within the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association (POA), and all but a few roads within the city are privately held and maintained. The entrances to the Canyon Lake POA are gated and guarded. Unclear how many houses were ultimately designed by Krisel.
1968 - The Park Ivy Apartments, Escondido CA. Mabie and Mintz were the developers. Likely unbuilt; nothing found about it.
1968 - The Voltaire Apartments, San Diego CA.Mabie and Mintz were the developers Likely unbuilt; nothing found about it. 1968 - Experimental Housing for Calpar Building Company, location unknown. Likely unbuilt; nothing found about it.
1969 - The Sunkist Homes Development,
Palm Springs CA. Status unknown.
1969 - The Shorepoint Condominiums, 1040 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla CA. Commissioned 1967. William Starr/Roger Chapin were the developers.
1970 - The Savoy Apartments, Hollywood area of Los Angeles CA. Mutual Building and Engineering Corp was the developer. Likely unbuilt; nothing found about it.
1970 - The Marina Tower Apartments, Jack Baskin developer, 601 Sacramento Street, Vallejo CA. Originally designed as apartments, this complex became affordable housing in 2005 when BRIDGE housing and the John Stewart Company purchased the 14-story concrete structure to guarantee the continued existence of affordable senior housing in downtown Vallejo. TWM Architects and Planners completed the seismic retrofitting and interior rehabilitation for 155 senior households.
1970 - The Marina Heights Apartments, 135 Carolina Street, Vallejo CA. Jack Baskin was the developer.
1970 - The Harbour Lights Apartments, aka Harbour Lights Resort Apartments, 167 Saybrook Lane, Huntington Beach CA. Lincoln Properties was the developer.
2006 - The Butterfly Homes, Palm Springs CA. Developer Maxx Livingstone collaborated with Krisel on the re-release of Krisel's Butterfly Home design, Four were built. Status and locations unknown; website is gone.
Sources include: Morris Newman, Catherine Westergaard Cramer, City of Palm Springs Survey.