Architect Harwell Hamilton Harris designed the Modernist style house for Pauline Lowe in 1934. The house was Harris' first independent commission. Lowe was a buyer for the Bullock's Wilshire Department store and a friend of the architect. The house was prominently featured in magazines and became controversial the following year when Chicago-based architects Paul Schweikher and Theodore W. Lamb designed a very similar house that won the General Electric Small House Competition. Although Schweikher and Lamb were widely accused of plagiarism, Harris received a significant amount of positive publicity from the incident which greatly helped launch his career.