Sherman Oaks home designed by Case Study designer Rodney Walker lists for $3 million – Daily News

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A meticulously restored midcentury modern Sherman Oaks home by Case Study designer and builder Rodney Walker has hit the market. The asking price is $2.995 million.

Walker, who died in 1986 at age 75, built the redwood and glass home at 3499 Beverly Glen in 1949 for family friends Betty and Leonard Asher. She was a champion of Los Angeles’ contemporary art scene, he was a doctor.

The Ashers were drawn to what the listing described as Walker’s “innovative building concepts and modernist vision” as seen in his three contributions to the Case Study House program of 1945.

For Walker, creating affordable, modern homes of quality for soldiers returning from World War II wasn’t a novelty.

It was an ethic he had.

As a child of the depression, Walker always sought ways to cut out waste and make the job more efficient through building and design — or cooking, as he enjoyed doing in his later years according to his son.

“One of the hallmarks of his work during this (post-war) period was a modular building system he invented that allowed each house to also claim a unique design,” said son Craig Walker, an educator in Ojai. “I have not seen another of his homes that look like this one. Yet, it incorporates many design features that were common to all his homes.”

The three-bedroom house has 2,598 square feet of living space across two stories, boasting the original atrium-like entryway, built-in furniture and storage, and glass walls whose purpose was to blur the barrier between indoors and out.

Walker situated his homes to look out on the view as he did with the Asher house. Above the clerestory windows are vents that can be pulled open for ventilation.

The wood paneling is also original to the era.

“My dad rarely used stucco because he didn’t want to get the job hung up by the stucco workers, so his houses were all dry built back in those days,” his son said. “He would get plywood that had a nice redwood or mahogany or teak veneer on the outside, and he would use that on the inside of the house.”

On the ground floor, there’s a kitchen, an open-concept living room and a dining area.

The master suite takes up the entirety of the top floor and includes such built-in features as a desk with a Formica surface. It opens to an expansive rooftop deck with an original brick fireplace that shares the chimney with the one in the living room downstairs.

Crosby Doe and Christina Hildebrand of Crosby Doe Associates hold the listing.

Walker was not an architect. But the UCLA art grad was partial to the design and construction of homes. He even had a small crew of carpenters.

Together, they built more than 100 homes in the Los Angeles area between 1937 and 1965 — often two at a time.

Many of his homes were photographed by Julius Shulman. 



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