Kelton Apartments

Julius Shulman photography archive, 1936-1997.

Kelton Apartments


This was the third and smallest apartment project in Westwood and the second in which Neutra invested his own funds as a partner. The triplex cleverly appears to be one large gracious house. On the sloping site, one leg of an L, a cube with a balcony protected by a deep overhang steps down toward the street. A tall stucco spur wall separates the two ground floor units visually. The volumes on each of the ground floor units are not monolithic but sometimes step a few feet in and out, creating more variety in engaging the landscape. Meanwhile, the top floor retains its clean rectilinearity which anchors both street and rear facades; this strategy also provides shelter for the more animated ground floor plan when it steps back from the plane of the upper wall.

Project Detail

Year Built


Project Architect

Richard Neutra


Richard Neutra


646-648 Kelton Avenue
Westwood, CA

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