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“The Jet Set”

I’m late to this party, but I’ve recently gotten hooked on Mad Men. I’m on Season 3, but I’m still hung up on something that happened in Season 2. In the episode The Jet Set, Don Draper goes to Los Angeles for work and winds up in Palm Springs with a group of wealthy strangers at the most amazing mid-century home. Ever since I saw the episode I’ve been dying to know what house it was…

On the DVD commentary for the episode, Matt Weiner says the house wasn’t actually in Palm Springs, but in Chatsworth. He also says it’s a Case Study House and that it works for “Palm Springs” because it doesn’t have a view. I’m confused by this description because there actually aren’t any Case Study Houses in Chatsworth.

Online speculation pointed to the Stahl House, Case Study House No. 22 by Pierre Koenig, but it couldn’t have been the Stahl House because it’s in LA and definitely has a view!

Other views thought it was a Palm Springs house, like the Kaufmann House or Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate, but you can rule those out since, well, they’re in Palm Springs.

I think Weiner’s comment that it was a Case Study House must have been incorrect. My best guess follows some online information that the home in the episode was the Fox Residence located in Chatsworth, once owned by Frank Sinatra. There are no pictures of it online, but it seems to fit the bill since it’s used for filming and is located Chatsworth.

Also, the staging in The Jet Set episode was incredible! The Saarinen tulip table and red womb chairs, the colored glass, wall screens, red foo dogs, and that light blue telephone–it was all amazing.

And as always, the costumes were outstanding. I particularly loved the swimsuits. Joy’s gorgeous bikini and the creepy doctor’s amazing Speedo and blazer combo were great.

Still wondering about the house though…

Update 12/3/2011:

The house is now for sale for $12,000,000.

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14 responses to ““The Jet Set”

  1. This episode made me fall a little bit in love with Southern California. It put mid-century modern on the radar for me. Yeah, this was kind of a huge deal episode in my life, pathetically. So glad you’re getting into Mad Men! Just a heads up…Season 3 is kinda blah, but Season 4 kicks ass, so stick with it!

  2. I’m desperately trying to figure ou this riddle myself. The house was also featured in the latest Californication episode, season 4, episode 9. It’s white-painted brick on the outside, and it seems to be overlooking some sort of valley. It’s also located slightly above street level, so to speek. Theres a driveway that sort of wriggles up from the street it’s on.

  3. This is the Fox Residence at 9361 Farralone Ave. in Chatsworth, CA. It was designed by architects Pereira and Luckman in 1951. The architects did mainly commercial work and this is one of their few residential structures. It has been used extensively as a filming location (Dreamgirls, Californication (Season 4, Episode 9), Mad Men, Six Feet Under, and Design Star – Season 4). Check out Google Satellite for a great aerial view. The estate is located up a long private drive. What an amazing home!Here is a link to some more pictures: http://blog.hgtv.com/design-star/2009/07/14/tour-the-hollywood-crib/

  4. How cool is this? I’ve been intrigued by this house since I saw it in the film “our Family Wedding”. So gorgeous! I’m glad to find your spot here and having a blast looking into all my favorite mid-century modern homes. I’ve always appreciated them, but when I saw a documentary on Julius Shulman, his work and his great love of these treasures…well, I was truly hooked.
    Thanks for posting all this great stuff!

    Also, have you seen the fantastic house featured in the film “hanging Up” with Walter Matthau as a retired Hollywood screenwriter? It’s worth it just to check out the house. It has a huge, stylized iron gate that opens to the pool, *like the Stahl House* featuring a bridge over the pool to access the main residence, very cool. Gorgeous curved, paneled walls with hidden built ins…if you do know or find out any information, I’d be very interested.

    Thanks again, I will continue to enjoy your site.

    Daniel Godoy

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