These houses were originally designed by Richard Neutra for the Stone-Fisher development company, and they are sometimes known as the Stone-Fisher Speculative Houses. After disagreements between Neutra and the developer, he withdrew from the project and architect William S. Beckett finished the buildings’ designs and oversaw their construction.
Completed between 1962 and 1966, these houses look like typical Mid-Century Modern buildings from the street side, with overhanging flat roofs, stucco and wood cladding, and simple window openings. But the view from the side or across Beverly Glen Canyon reveals the majority of each building seems to float in the air, supported by tall, narrow metal posts that seem far too insubstantial to do the work they are so easily doing.
The designs do not seem to be identical but they all share basic similarities: a one-story height, simple rectangular plan, horizontal emphasis, and large expanses of windows. The buildings all feature a long balcony stretching the full width of the rear façade, all the better to provide views for the brave and nightmares for those with a fear of heights.