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Mid-Century Modernist and Case Study Architect Kemper Nomland, Jr. Dies

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[Nomland via Los Angeles Times; Case Study House #10 via Housing.com]

Los Angeles architect Kemper Nomland, Jr. stayed behind in the last decade--he died December 25 in Long Beach at 90. Nomland's most famous house is the 1947 Case Study House #10 in Pasadena, designed with his father, Kemper Nomland, Sr. The home is built on a slope with rooms at several levels and with a shed roof "paralleling the approximate slope of the ground" (as described by the accompanying Arts & Architecture article--login required). Nomland got his architecture degree at USC in 1941 and worked in Civilian Public Service Camps in Oregon as a conscientious objector during World War II. After the war, he came back to Los Angeles and began work with his father, who trained with Frank Lloyd Wright. Nomland moved to Mount Washington in 1950 with a group of pacifists. A Mount Washington Association newsletters says the "group obtained many cottage-sized lots at auction for back taxes and re-subdivided them to form more buildable parcels. Kemper designed his house and many of the homes of his friends." Nomland lived in his "multi-level hillside home" until 2002.

The Nomland Trust sold a 1955 house on Mavis Drive for $450,000 in 2002, according to Property Shark (Redfin has conflicting data). The Case Study House doesn't appear to have changed hands since at least the 1960s, but a 1957 Nomland house in West Hollywood was up for rent last summer after a few months on the MLS. A French Normandy house in Los Feliz by Nomland, Sr. has been on and off the market lately and was most recently asking $1.895 million.
· Kemper Nomland Jr. dies at 90; L.A. architect built Case Study House No. 10 [LAT]
· Case Study House #10 [Arts & Architecture]
· Rent Check: Quirky Kemper Nomland in West Hollywood [Curbed LA]