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Case Study House #4 - Never Built / Not Forgotten

The Arts & Architecture magazine Case Study House Program ran from 1945 to 1962. It was initiated to establish new ideas in housing design that could be duplicated in an affordable manner. Of the 35+ houses designed for the program, not all were built. A MGS favorite of this group happens to be CSH #4 by Ralph Rapson.


Ralph Rapson was an architect from Minnesota whose work and sketches have influenced many over the decades. He pursued Modern Design along side friends such as Charles Eames, Harry Bertois, and Eliel Saarinen. His long career allowed him to see a renewed interest in his works as well as the reintroduction of some furniture designs. MGS has been influenced not only by his design works, but also by his pursuit of a modern goods shop in 1950, called Rapson-Inc. It was located in Boston and was run with the help of his wife, Mary.


Case Study House #4, The Greenbelt, was to be two sloped butterfly roof structures that had a greenbelt passing through for plantings. This allowed for the house to have private and public areas. An open plan helped with more than a few possibilities for the end user.


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