MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A.
R.M. Schindler Studio and Residence
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069-5409
Rudolf Schindler 1922
Kathryn Smith, in her summary for the MAK Center
Rudolf M. Schindlers Studio-Residence was
the first modern house to respond to the unique climate of California, and as such it
served as the prototype for a distinctly Californian style of design. From 1922 until his
death in 1953, the building functioned as both his house and studio. During this 30 year
period, Schindler designed the houses and small commercial buildings that today are
considered landmarks of the modern movement.
In his own house, Schindler expressed his
philosophy about structure and materials most clearly, but the entire site demonstrates
his exploration of the relationship of space, light, and form.
In this, his first independent design in the
U.S., Schindler set forth the basic tenets of his architectural philosophy, which he
called "Space Architecture." In this masterwork he established himself as a
major figure in the history of the modern movement.
Smith recounts how Schindler was born in Vienna,
where he studied art and architecture and worked with Otto Wagner and Adolph Loos. In
1914, Schindler moved to Chicago to work with a commercial architectural firm. After this
job, he joined Frank Lloyd Wrights studio, traveling in Los Angeles in 1920 to
supervise the construction of the Hollyhock
Schindler began his own practice in 1921,
designing the house and studio to accommodate two couples: he and his wife, Pauline, and
Clyde and Marian Chace. The Chaces left in 1924, but were replaced by Richard Neutra and
his family in 1925. Collaboration with Neutra (a former schoolmate from Vienna) produced
several modern architectural landmarks: Schindlers Lovell Beach House at Newport
Beach, their joint competition for the League of Nations Building, and Neutras
Lovell "Health" House in Los Angeles.
Christy Rogers 1998
How to visit
The Schindler House is located 4 blocks east of
La Cienega and 2 blocks north of Melrose on the west side of Kings Road and behind a
bamboo hedge. I had no trouble finding nearby on-street parking.
Visiting hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11
am to 6 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Regular tours are available on weekends only
(weekdays, its a self-guided tour). Special arrangements may be made for groups and
tours at other times.
Admission is $5.00 for adults, seniors and
students. Free to children under 12, and free to everyone Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and
on September 10 (Schindlers birthday); May 24 (International Museum Day); and
December 1 (A Day Without Art).