National Register of Historic Places in Monterey County
The house was designed for the Connell family by architect Richard J. Neutra, who conceived of it as a long, low arrangement of orthogonal volumes and planes with dramatic views of land and sea.
With its complex but controlled massing, the Connell House embodies Neutra’s grand dual concern to design the house to meet the family’s needs and also to exploit the meeting of land and water below. In this regard he succeeded, with every room except the den commanding a view of land and sea from Cypress Point northward.
The property is one of thirteen of Neutra’s twenty extant northern California projects retaining integrity.
Source: Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 2014.
In 2004, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur purchased the house with the intent of demolishing it and replacing it with a larger house more to her taste.
Deferred maintenance and suspicious vandalism have raised concerns about demolition through neglect.