Original Broughton House rendering

Existing Street View of Broughton House

Broughton House Front Elevation drawing by Bohl Architects

Rendering of the Bridge House (the original concept for the Eames House)

Original rendering
of Broughton House interior showing floating cabinetry and fireplace

Craig Ellwood's Broughton House

Bohl Architects is working on the renovation and restoration of this significant modern home by noted Los Angeles architect Craig Ellwood. Built in 1949, this building is one of the first houses designed by Craig Ellwood's studio and was his first project featured in Arts & Architecture magazine.

Ellwood was heavily influenced by the 1945 concept for the Eames House designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen. The “Bridge House” was not built, but Ellwood did cost estimating for the contractor who intended to build the home. The house was redesigned and built by Charles and Ray Eames in 1949, and published in Arts & Architecture magazine as Case Study House #8.

Ellwood's design for the Broughton House raises the entire living area of the house on steel columns, a full floor above the ground. The house is a glass box with an adjacent outdoor sundeck protected by opaque walls. Floating in the glass box façade was a band of wood cabinets, aligning with the slot void in the solid walls of the sun deck. Bohl Architects is working with the owners to restore the house including the wood facade cabinets and main entrance stairs as illustrated in the 1949 renderings by Pete Peters.