The Case Study House program, initiated by John Entenza of Arts & Architecture magazine in 1945 in Los Angeles, remains one of America's most significant contributions to architecture at mid-century.

Conceived as low-cost, experimental modern prototypes, the thirty-six designs of the program epitomized the aspirations of a generation of modern architects active during the buoyant years of America's post-World War II building boom. By its end in 1966, despite the fact that many of the early designs were not built and few, if any, of the houses had served their intended function as replicable prototypes, the Case Study House program had succeeded in producing some of the period's most important works of residential architecture.

Today, the Case Study Houses continue to have wide relevance and influence within architectural culture, not only in Los Angeles, but also nationally and internationally. These houses, and the spirit behind them, serve as a model for architects committed to reductive, yet experimental, modes of residential design and construction.