RUDOLF (aka RUDOLPH) MICHAEL SCHINDLER (1887-1953)
Schindler was born to a middle class family in Vienna, Austria. He attended the Imperial and Royal High School from 1899 to 1906 then enrolled in the Wagnersschule of Vienna Polytechnic University, graduating in 1911 with a degree in architecture. Schindler worked for Hans and Theodore Mayer from 1911 to 1914. While at a concert in Vienna, he met future colleague Richard Neutra. Encouraged by fellow Austrian architect Adolph Loos, Schindler moved to Chicago in 1914 to work for Ottenheimer Stern and Reichert. In 1916, he delivered 12 elaborate lectures at the Church School of Design in Chicago which became known as the Schindler Program, his central design philosophy.
Schindler always wanted to work for Frank Lloyd Wright and in late 1918 Wright hired him. After Wright obtained the commission for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, a major project that involved Wright being in Japan for several years, Schindler was promoted to run Wright's American operations out of the Oak Park IL studio. In 1919, Schindler married Pauline Gibling (1893-1977) and in 1920 Wright sent Schindler west to Los Angeles to work on the Aline Barnsdall House. Beyond his job for Wright, Schindler started his own independent practice in 1922. Schindler and Wright argued frequently and eventually Schindler quit.
He became a huge success in Los Angeles. Known as Michael, never Mike, he and Pauline hosted many events at their Kings Road house, itself a model of architectural brilliance (and still there, you can visit). The Schindlers hung out with the era's celebrities in art, sculpture, design, and dance. They had one son, Mark, in 1922.
Schindler had a wild nature and engaged a number of affairs, including with the wife of his client Phillip Lovell, and the couple divorced in the 1930s but continued to live separately in the King's Road house. After Schindler's death, Pauline Schindler stayed there until her own death in 1977. Schindler's great-grandson Guillaume was as of 2017 a docent at the King's Road house.
Richard Neutra worked for Wright in 1924 at Taliesin East but left after a few months to work in California with Schindler. Neutra and his wife lived at King's Road with Schindlers for several years. Their firm was called Schindler and Neutra. Philip Johnson famously rejected Schindler for the 1932 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art thinking Schindler was outside the International Style. Schindler responded by rejecting the categorizing of his designs as part of any style. Schindler and Neutra's relationship began to unravel and the Neutras moved out. They rarely interacted after that. When Neutra had a heart attack in 1953, he found himself in the same Cedars Sinai hospital room as Schindler who was dying of cancer. They made peace before Schindler died.
His only church design, the 1945 Bethlehem Baptist Church in Los Angeles, 4901 South Compton, was abandoned for years in South Los Angeles. Faith Build International restored it as an active church in 2014; it later became the Optima Funeral Home. Photos by Michael Locke.
Additional Resources: Facebook Fan Page * Schindler Houses Open to the Public * Schindler's Houses DVD * Research/3D models by Steve Wallet * Schindler Archives at UCSB. Drawings and many photos from R. M. Schindler Papers, Architecture and Design Collection, Art Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara. We've included buildings often listed as houses but found to be otherwise. Thanks to Catherine Westergaard Cramer for her extensive research.
1914 - aka Summer House, near Vienna, Austria. Unbuilt.
1915 - The Thomas Paul Martin House, Taos NM. Unbuilt. Designed while working for Ottenheimer Stern and Reichert.
1916 - aka Log House named for its materials (not the owner). Unbuilt. Designed while working for Ottenheimer Stern and Reichert.
1916 - The J. B. Lee House Renovation, Maywood IL. Designed while working for Ottenheimer Stern and Reichert. Was significantly altered. Destroyed.
1916 - A three-room House, Oak Park IL. Designed while working for Ottenheimer Stern and Reichert. Unsure if built.
1919 - One-room Apartments, Chicago IL. Designed while working for Ottenheimer Stern and Reichert. Unsure if built.
1920 - The James L. Irving Cottage, 1320 Isabella Street, Wilmette IL. Designed while working for Frank Lloyd Wright. The client lived here while his larger house next door (1318) designed by John S. Van Bergen was under construction. Sold to Joe Catrambone in 2012 who took the house apart and planned to move the house to his Wauconda lakefront property in 2013.
1921 - The Jacob Korsen Apartments, aka Bungalow Court, 1038 South Ardmore Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1922 - The Rudolf Schindler and Clyde Chace House, aka the Kings Road House, 833 North Kings Road, West Hollywood CA. Initially, the building functioned as house and studio for Schindler, Clyde Chace, and their wives. The Chaces moved out after a short time and Richard and Dionne Neutra moved in for a few years. Schindler's son Mark and his wife Mary lived there later as well. Owned by the nonprofit Friends of the Schindler House, with support from the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK). Restored in 2003 by Marmol/Radziner. Open to the public for visits. Featured in the movie Visual Acoustics. Top photo by Chris Mottalini; bottom two by Michael Locke.
1922 - The Mrs. F. Henderson Duplex, address unknown, Los Angeles CA. Built. Destroyed.
1922 - The Mrs. V. Ellis Duplex. Unbuilt.
1) Duplex at 8235 Romaine Street, aka 1001 La Jolla, West Hollywood CA. Sold in 2014 to the Adrienne and Arthur Iclisoy Trust.
2) 1924 - Duplex at 1000 Harper Avenue / 8245 Romaine Street, West Hollywood CA. Actor Leon Balasco lived here at some point. Photos by Michael Locke.
3) The Mrs. R. Lindquist House, 5075 Romaine Street, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2009 to Jesus Aguilar. Photo by Andrea Minton.
4) The O. S. Floren and Jordon Duplex, 1427-1429 North Alexandria Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2002 to Lorena Celis. Bottom 2014 photo by Andrea Minton.
5) The Charles J. Adolphson and O. S. Floren duplex, Carlton Way, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1922 - Various rental houses for O. S. Floren.
1922 - The B. Caplan, H. Yaffee, and S. Tuck Apartment Renovations, 2236 West 15th Street, Los Angeles CA. The Schindler archives have the plans. Destroyed.
1922 - The Mrs. E. E. Lacey Duplex, 830-832 Laguna Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1922 - The W. G. Duncan House, 852 Laguna Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Likely unbuilt. Lot vacant as of 2022.
1922 - The Port L. Mix Bungalow, 3804 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1922 - The Malcolm Peter Campbell and Emily Bayard Johnson House, 1323 South Burlington Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1922 - The Israel Binder and Henry Lewis Gross Apartments, 103-111 North Soto Street, Los Angeles CA. Remodeled. Sold to the Linda Recarben Trust. Photos by Michael Locke.
1922 - The Mrs. Russell Duplex. Location unknown. Unbuilt.
1922 - The Mrs. Edgar Temple Apartments, 947 Hyperion Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1923 - The Charles P. Lowes House I, 325 Ellenwood Drive, Eagle Rock CA. Designed while working for Frank Lloyd Wright. Commissioned in 1922. Destroyed and replaced by the Ventura Freeway.
1923 - The Mrs. M. Davis Baker House, Hollywood area of Los Angeles CA. One of the the country's first triangle-based house designs. Unbuilt.
1923 - The William Dohs Duplex, aka the Four Flat Apartment Building, 5427 Harold Way, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt, as per the Schindler archives.
1923 - The S. Freedman and A. Koploy Apartments, 115 North Soto Street, Los Angeles CA. Sold around 1978 to Frank and David Whitehead. Sold in 2006 to East LA Community Corporation. Sold in 2008 to LA Community Redevelopment. Sold in 2011 to Las Margaritas, LLC. It is a 16 bed apartment complex. Photo by Michael Locke.
1923 - The Celia Kreutzer Apartments, 1620-1626 North Gower Street, Los Angeles CA. Merged into one address, 1622. Also uses 6059 Carlton Way as an address. O. S. Floren was the builder. Sold around 1988 to Rick and Jeff Spalla, owners of Hollywood Newsreel Syndicate. Converted in 1994 to an office building. Photos by Michael Locke.
1923 - The Anne L. Paine Duplex, 1022-1024 Havenhurst Drive, West Hollywood CA. Remodeled. Sold in 2011 to Venus and Samsum Shadanloo. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1923 - The Arthur Louis Fisher and Clara Fisher Apartments, 312 South Breed Street, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1922. This was a bungelow design that was unbuilt.
1923 - The Harvey Leepa and Esther Levine Beach Studio and Store, aka Castel La Mar, aka Castle by the Sea. Built on stilts. The bedrooms and the kitchen faced the ocean. They lived off the lobster he trapped and bartered for everything. It was all destroyed in a storm. Harvey Leepa was the lover then husband to Esther Gentle, who became Leepa when they married. Harvey was a painter who loved to fish and restore artwork. Esther was an artist, a sculptor and designer of objects who came from Brooklyn. She married before WWI and that husband died very soon after son Allen was born. She met Leepa, a watercolorist from Latvia, they were together several years, then married, and Allen took his name. In her circles of artists she got to know Richard Neutra as well as Schindler. After her marriage to Leepa dissolved, she was involved in an affair with a man that she married later, with whom she had twins. After that relationship, she left her kids with her mother, got an occupational therapy license, moved to Florida, and in 1949 married Abraham Rattner.
1923 - The Willis E. Purviance Duplex, 944 Maltman Avenue, Los Angeles CA. A design dispute between Schindler and Purviance resulted in a pressed- brick facade in the front section. Sold in 2007 to Anthony T. Schnurer. Photos by Michael Locke.
1923 - The Annie Burrell Apartments, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1922. Four units planned, none were built.
1924 - The Laura Davies House, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1922. Unbuilt.
1924 - The Paul Popenoe Desert Cabin, Coachella CA. His name is sometimes spelled Popinoe or Popinoff. Commissioned in 1922. Destroyed.
1924 - The F. Braun Duplex Renovations, 6092-6094 Selma Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Schindler converted a single family home into a duplex by subdividing one room into a kitchen and bathroom. Sold in 1994 to Rafael and Rosa Ochoa. Middle photo by Andrea Minton; bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1924 - The John Cooper Packard House, 931 Gainsborough Drive, South Pasadena CA. Many renovations. Destroyed in 2001 and replaced with this house, bottom photo.
1924 - The A. Plotkin House, Alvarado Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1924 - The Hyman and Louise Levin House, aka Levin/Carey House, 2673 Dundee Place, Los Angeles CA. Landscaping by Richard Neutra. N. Buchholz and Son was the builder. Schindler designed substantial additions to the house in 1925, 1928 and 1933 of which Buchholz built all. Schindler fired the client when they bought a Paul Lazlo table, which he objected to on aesthetic grounds. Sold to George and Carolyn Carey. Restored by Stephanos Polyzoides in 1984, built by Warren Larson. Featured in GA Houses 26. Sold in 2006 to the William Cooney Trust. Bottom four photos by Michael Locke.
1924 - The F. M. Weiner House Renovation, 1120 Court Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1924 - The Helena J. Rubenstein Remodel and Addition, aka the Edward William Titus House, aka Tall Trees, 4 Indian Chase Drive, Greenwich CT. The original house was built in 1909. Commissioned in 1923. Sold in 1965 to James and Ann Leary. Sold in 1998 to Sheryl Leach who did renovations in 2003. Sold in 2008. Photo above from around 2010. Sold in 2017 to Lisa Audet.
1924 - The Job Harriman Colony, a community based on egalitarian living, Langdon Avenue (Longdon Drive) San Gabriel CA. Unbuilt.
1924 - The Philip M. and Leah Lovell Mountain House, Wrightwood CA. Built from Celotex, a fiberboard. Collapsed from snow around 1927.
1925 - The Philip M. and Leah Lovell Farmhouse, aka the Carlton Park Ranch, Fallbrook CA. Destroyed, burned down.
1925 - The James Eads How House, 2422 Silver Ridge Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Built by J. H. Heckman. Eads How was known as "king of the hoboes." The bottom floor was for years a dorm for homeless people coming up from the railroad area below. Landscaping by Richard Neutra. Sold to Michael La Fetra. Renovated by architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 2004-2007. Was on the market for four years. Sold in 2012 to Brad Kemble and Jimmy Ferrareze. Sold in 2016 to Spencer Velasquez.
1925 - The El Pueblo Ribera Court, 230-248 Gravilla Street, La Jolla CA. Schindler designed the complex for dentist W. L. Lloyd. Each unit originally consisted of a bedroom on the ground level, and a sleeping porch on the upper level with views of Windansea Beach. The original 12 units were merged into 6 and reconfigured as condominiums. Designated a San Diego Historic Landmark (No. 117) in 1977. Restored by architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 2009-2012. Bottom two photos by Michael Locke.
230: Sold to Mary Tellep. Sold in 1989 to Gerald Nahas. Sold in 1993 to William Rogers. Sold in 1996 to Hagen Trust. Sold in 2000 to John Sanborn. Sold in 2015.
234: Sold to Leslie Rogers. Sold in 2001 to Ryan Stein. Sold in 2012 to Newton Family Trust.
238: Sold to Roy Hagen.
242: Sold to William Rogers. Sold in 1998 to Capers-Hedges. Sold in 2004 to Ryan Stein. Sold in 2011 Harvey S. Moltz.
246: Sold to William P. Rogers. Sold in 1998 to David and Heather Dickens. Sold in 2000 to William Webb. Sold in 2004 to Capers-Hedges. Sold to Jeffrey and Reena Racki.
248: Sold in 1998 to William Webb. Sold in 2007 to Gerald V. Casale Trust, Gina V. Nieto.
1925 - The Brundin House, El Monte CA. Unbuilt.
1925 - The S. Breacher Apartments, 5806 Carlton Way, Los Angeles CA. Destroyed around 1947 for the 101 Freeway.
1926 - The Hain House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt, according to Vienna to Los Angeles by Esther McCoy. Schindler did design the Hain Health Food Store at 329 West Third Street that same year.
1926 - The Jessica Morganthau Studio, Palm Springs CA. Unsure if built. Needs verification.
1926 - The Marie Elizabeth Sorg House, 250 Walnut Grove Avenue, San Gabriel CA. Former address was 530 South Putney Avenue. Commissioned in 1924. Richard Neutra was likely a co-designer; howevert two reliable sources only mention Schindler: architectural historians David Gebhard and Richard Winter (An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles) and architects Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides who gave a lecture about the house in 1982. Around 1985, sold to Chen-Yueh Kuo. Destroyed. House on the site looks like a Schindler but was built in 1987. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1926 - The Philip and Leah Lovell Beach House, 1242 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach CA. Commissioned in 1922; several schemes. Alterations in 1947. Transferred to Gary Lovell and his wife, Bobby.
Now considered one of Schindler's masterworks, the building had problems with budget overruns and leaking, and despite Lovell's liberalism in regard to sexual expression, Lovell resented the notoriously libertine architect's infatuation with his wife, Leah. As a result, in 1929 Lovell chose Richard Neutra to design a house for him in the city, the Lovell Health House in Los Feliz. The choice of Neutra over Schindler marked a turning point in the architects' careers, with Schindler thereafter relegated to small residential commissions while Neutra went on to regional and international fame as one of the major contributors to the International style. Text and color photos by Michael Locke.
1926 - The Louis and Kassa Briggs House, 15 Bay Island, Newport Beach CA. This is a photo of the house there as of 2021. Original Schindler is likely destroyed.
1926 - The Levy Apartments, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1926 - The Hennessy Brothers Apartment Building, Mariposa Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Designed with Richard Neutra.
1926 - The M. Brown Apartments, LaJolla and Olive Streets, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1927 - The Hutsen House. Unbuilt.
1927 - The Joseph H. Miller Apartments, 1807 North Wilton Place, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1927 - The Joseph H. Miller Apartments, Shenendoah Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1927 - The J. E. Richardson House Remodel, 8272 Marmont Lane, Los Angeles CA. Has been extensively remodeled since Schindler, so much so that most of the Modernism is gone. Sold in 1997 to Stewart Paul. Sold in 2003 to John McCourt. Sold in 2017 to Robert B. Fishman.
1927 - The Olga Anna (Anushka) Zacsek House, Sayre Lane, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Born in Budapest, she previously was an actress in Hollywood under the name Olga Grey and left the profession in 1920. Zacsek passed the bar in 1932 and became an attorney. She represented Schindler in his business dealings and his divorce. Schindler designed a beach house for her in Playa del Rey (see below).
1927 - The Aline Barnsdall House, aka Translucent House, Palos Verdes CA. Unbuilt. Re-creation by Franco Pantuliano.
1928 - The Martel House, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1926. Unbuilt.
1928 - The Mrs. Slemmons House, Arcadia CA. Unbuilt.
1928 - The Edmund J. Gibling House, 2152 Parnell Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1924 by Schindler's father-in-law. Remodeled in 1935. Destroyed and replaced in 1952 with another house (photo above), not by Schindler.
1928 - The C. B. Price House, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1926. Unbuilt.
1929 - The David N. and Fae H. Heller Grokowsky House, 816 Bonita Drive, South Pasadena CA. Commissioned in 1928. Sold to Max H. and Winifred Hopkins. Deeded to Clarence and Jane Hopkins Berry. Deeded to Jane Hopkins Berry. Destined for demolition for a new highway, it was sold to CALTRANS who has neglected it for decades - and never built the road. Restored by the ARG Group. Offered for sale by CALTRANS in 2017. Sold in 2018 to Dan and Patricia P. Ross. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1929 - The Abernathy Hotel. Address unknown. Sometimes listed as a house. Reportedly built; needs verification.
1929 - The H. D. Diffen House Remodel, Avalon, Catalina Island CA. Unbuilt.
1929 - The Frankel Apartments, 619 Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1929 - The J. J. Newberry Store, developed in association with Herman Sachs. Unbuilt. Sometimes this building is listed as a house.
1929 - The A. Press Apartments, 4325 Willow Brook Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1929 - The S. Vorkapic Addition, 2100 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt.
1929 - The Herman Sachs Apartments, aka Manola Court, aka Manolina Court, 1811 Edgecliff Drive, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1926. Also listed on Lucile Street, as the two streets are on opposite sides of the site. Expanded in 1934-1940 to a total of sixteen cityview residences. Schindler stepped the buildings up the hillside, and created community by connecting living space with garden walkways. Schindler did original furniture for the building as well.
1929 - The W. E. Kent House, 4947 Malta Street, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1922. Unbuilt.
1930 - The Viroque Baker and Pratt Project. Turns out this was an interior remodel of a commercial building in Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1930 - The Gisela Bennati Project. Not a house but signage for a store, Lucca Olive Oil Company, at 3281 Oakshire Drive, Los Angeles CA.
1930 - The J. M. Cohan Project, 3069 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Turns out this was not a house but a market. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1930 - The Foley House. Location unknown. Unbuilt.
1930 - The Paul Sloan Renovations, 8241 De Longpre, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1930 - The George L. Wing Project, Banning CA. Turns out this was a hotel and subdivision. Unbuilt.
1930 - The Wornow House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1930 - The Kopenlanoff House, Palm Springs CA. Part of a subdivision scheme. Neither house nor subdivision was built.
1930 - The Henry Braxton and Viola Brothers Shore House, 5705 Ocean Front Walk, Marina del Rey CA. Unbuilt, as the clients decided to move to New York. Commissioned in 1928.
1931 - The Mrs. Cherry House Renovations, 3910 Walton Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Original house was built in 1918. Sold in 2003 to Burnett Realty.
1931 - The Elmer A. George Project. Turns out this was not a house but a store. Commissioned 1930. Unbuilt.
1931 - The Ethel and Charles H. Wolfe Summer House, Old Stage Road, Avalon, Catalina Island CA. Commissioned in 1928. The Wolfes met Schindler at a party for the Lovell Beach House. There were three living areas: a top apartment for the Wolfes, an middle apartment for guests, and a lower servant quarters. Sold to a Los Angeles attorney. By 1996, according to architect David LeClerc, the long-neglected Wolfe apartment was used by locals to hook up and the middle apartment was occupied by a "surfer dude." Destroyed in 2002. Right photo by David LeClerc. Bottom photo by Ezra Stoller/ESTO.
1931 - The Monti Hicks Project. Turns out this was not a house; it was a retail commercial building. Unbuilt.
1931 - The William Hiller Playroom (top) and Studio (bottom) additions. Location unknown. Probably unbuilt.
1931 - The Rudolph and Agnes D. Marx Remodel, 1557 Courtney Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Originally built in 1922. Sold to actress Sally A. Struthers. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1926 - The George C. and Elizabeth Rudolph Stanson House and Studio renovation, aka the Gjura and Elizabeth Stojana House and Studio renovation, 3501 Dahlia Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1921. Stanson was born Gjura Stojana in France. After arriving in America in 1901, he adopted the name George Curtin Stanson until 1929 when he had it legally changed back. Garage added by Schindler in 1931. Owner as of 2011 is Jenice Enge. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1932 - The Baron Hans Nordewin Von Koerber House, 408 Via Monte d'Oro, Redondo Beach CA. Sold to Patrick M. Smith. Schindler designed the house for Baron Hans Nordewin Von Koerber and his wife Margarete in 1932. Van Koerber was born in Treptow-Köpenick, Germany on July 23, 1886. After obtaining a PhD at the University of Marburg he immigrated to the United States arriving on September 3, 1928. He renounced his title in 1932 in order to become a U.S. citizen. In the 1930s, he was a Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Southern California and in the 1950s at the University of San Diego. He died in San Diego in April 1979. Photos by Michael Locke.
1932 - The H. Lierd and Ethel Todd House, West Vernon Place, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1932 - The E. H. Shirley Farmhouse. Part of a development which included farm buildings. Unbuilt.
1933 - The O. F. Fredericks project. Turns out this was not a house but a bakery booth at Grand Central Market in Los Angeles.
1933 - The Orlof K. Farr Dance Hall addition in Denver CO. Unbuilt.
1933 - The Sid Grauman dance hall and restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1933 - The Eric Locke House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1933 - The Perstein House Renovations, 111 and 111A Tamalpais Road, Berkeley CA. Sold to E. O. Lawrence who owned it for about 70 years. At some point it was converted to a duplex. Sold again. One side for rent in 2012.
1934 - The A. E. (Eddie) Brandstatter House Renovation, Los Angeles County CA. Possible address: 4709 Norwich Avenue, Sherman Oaks CA. Needs verfication. Brandstatter was living at this address in January 1940 when he died by suicide. Brandstatter owned Sardi's Restaurant in Los Angeles, which Schindler designed in 1932.
1934 - The John J. (Jack) Buck House, 5958 Eighth Street, Los Angeles CA. Property is a duplex. Designated Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #122 in 1974. Sold in 1995 to Gene Lichtenstein and Jocelyn D. Gibbs. Restored by architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 2005. Country Club Projects, an art gallery co-op, operated from this house as of 2012 but was no longer there by 2022. Top photo by Michael Locke.
1934 - The William Lingenbrink Cabin, aka Park Moderne, 3978 Black Bird Way, Calabasas CA. Lingenbrink had hoped to develop an artist colony of 150 Modernist homes on 140 acres called Park Moderne but they never caught on. Schindler was commissioned in 1929 to build three houses. One was destroyed, one never completed (probably the top photo), and the third one here was indeed built in 1934. The Park Moderne project was abandoned in 1938. Sold to Mark and Pip Field. There were several additions between 1982 and 1993. Sold in 1993 to Timothy and Jan Grimm. Sold in 1996 to Michael and Cheryl Adler. Photos by Andrea Minton.
1934 - The Dondo House Renovation, originally 583 Tamalpais Road, Berkeley CA. Address is now 58-60 Tamalpais; 58 is the main house up on the hill, and 60 is a small cottage at the street. Sold. Sold for a third time in the 1970s. Sold in 1999 to the Anne Hughes Trust. Color photos by Sydnor Elkins.
The 2014 owner believed that the Schindler renovation as drawn was never built. When they moved into the house in the early 1970s, they did renovations, and added a south facing enclosed entry porch, somewhat similar to what is shown in the Schindler drawing.
1934 - The Mrs. C. Goodman House Renovation, 2149 Casitas Avenue, Altadena CA. Unbuilt.
1934 - The Mrs. B. Hunter House. Location unknown. Unbuilt.
1934 - The H. R. King House Renovations, 10354 La Grange Avenue, Los Angeles CA. This is a small complex of storybook cottages at the corner of three streets, each with different addresses. 10354 La Grange is the structure to the right of the garage. Photos by Andrea Minton.
1934 - The Nerenbaum Project, not a house but a service station. Unbuilt.
1934 - The Patrick S. O'Reilly House, Glendale CA. Unbuilt.
1934 - The Ransom House, Palm Springs CA. Unbuilt.
1934 - House at Leimert Park, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1934 - The Gail Rheingold Project, 8730 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood CA. This was not a house; it was for King's Club Bar. Destroyed in 1965 for Sunset Towers.
1934 - The William E. and Stephanie Oliver House, 2236 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1931. Top photo is an early draft; the house was reduced in size when finally built. Featured in the 1938 Book of Small Houses. The ambiguous, hybrid nature of the Oliver House is unique in Schindler's oeuvre, illustrating the architect's ability to simultaneously express and resolve the tension between contradictory design intentions. Located in the exclusive upper terraces of the hills surrounding Silver Lake, the L-shaped house is built on the hilltop, with the garage below at the street level. The living area is organized in one wing, and the bedrooms are in the other. The children’s quarters can be reached by an outdoor porch from the parent's bedroom. Another room was planned above the children's but was never built. Instead, a roof terrace, accessible by an outdoor stair, provides spectacular views of the surroundings. The most unusual aspect of the house is the roof design; the street façade presents a skillfully articulated Modernist box, seemingly covered with a flat roof, while in reality, a gable roof is revealed on the patio elevation and floats above the house like an umbrella. This kind of ambiguity, which would have been denounced as an anathema by the tenants of modern architecture in Europe, is used by Schindler to create an element of surprise. While the roof, its complex shape reinforces the sense of spatial continuity throughout the interior space, providing a sculptural quality to the rooms. Text adapted from MAK Center Architecture Tour 2022/ Silver Lake + Echo Park brochure. Deeded to their son and his wife, Hugh D. and Julie Oliver. Deeded in 2013 to their daughter Noel Oliver Osheroff. Bottom photos by Michael Locke.
1934 - The Edward and Anna Pavaroff Renovations, 1641 North Crescent Heights Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1923. Schindler added an entrance hall and broke out additional windows. Sold around 1965 to Russell Washburn who added an entrance canopy designed by architect Stanley Kou-Chih Shu. Sold to James Burnett. Sold to Bruce Ross. Sold in 1997 to Gloria Grossman. Sold to Peter O'Meara and Kayla Apert. Sold in 2013. Sold in 2018 to Neggin Yassini.
1935 - The Lionel Stander Remodel, 2006 La Brea Terrace, Los Angeles CA. Original was a 1908 farm house. Subsequent remodels include tile work in 1936 and 1939. Sold in 1939 to the Von Cube's who added a private garage and servants quarters, designed by architect Frederick Hust. Sold before 2005 to the Michael and Robin McConnell Family Trust. Sold in 2010 to Lucas White and Normandie Keith. Sold in 2017 to Alexander Lowe and Kara Walters.
1935 - The Lionel Stander Apartment, Vine Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1935 - The Phil Heraty House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Heraty was later a developer associated with Eichler in northern California in the 1950s.
1935 - The Mrs. Clore Warne House, 2039 North Alvarado Street, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1923. Unbuilt.
1935 - The Haines House, 5112 Alicia Drive, Dana Point CA. Commissioned in 1934. Drawings from the Architecture & Design Collection, UCSB University Art Museum. Destroyed in the 1980s.
1935 - The Elizabeth Van Patten House, 2320 Moreno Drive, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1934. It was originally a three-unit apartment for three women, with a common living area. Schindler also designed the furniture. Sold in 1997 to Timothy Armstrong.
1935 - The Milton and Ruth Shep (later Polen) House, aka the Mrs. F. Miller House, 1809 Silverwood Terrace, Los Angeles CA. There were several schemes, all unbuilt. A typical house was built around 1940, not designed by Schindler.
1936 - The Alexander and Sasha Kaun House, 125 Western Drive, Richmond CA. Commissioned in 1935. Photo from California Arts & Architecture, May 1937. Also published in Architectural Forum, November 1936, in a group of houses designed for under $5,000. Featured in the 1938 Book of Small Houses. The Schindler was demolished between 2010 and 2012 and a new house, built in 2014 by architect John Maniscalco, now sits on the expanded lots of 125-127. It is a multi unit "compound." Sold in 2014 to John and Aracely Knox.
1935 - The John de Keysor Duplex, 1911 North Highland Avenue, aka 1965 North Glencoe, Los Angeles CA. Often listed as DeKeyser. Published in Architectural Forum, March 1936. Sold to Edmund Fladung. Sold to Xavier Carrica. Sold in 2007 to Head to The Hills LLC, owned by Carrica. There was some sort of lien, and the property ended up with Bank of America which sold it in 2013 to Krikor Kirikian.
1935 - The W. J. Delahoyde House, Redcliff Street, Glendale CA. Unbuilt.
1936 - The Manya S. Kahn House, First Street and Harper Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Commissioned in 1934.
1936 - The William Jacobs House, Stadella Road, Beverly Glen CA. Unbuilt.
1936 - The Warshaw House, North Lucile Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1936 - The D. Malloy Renovations, 1881 Laurel Canyon Drive, Studio City CA. Unbuilt. Original house built in 1920.
1936 - The Morris R. and Ruth Geggie House, Pasadena CA. Commissioned in 1935. The Geggies lived at 720 Heatherside, Pasadena in 1943, also built in 1936. It looks nothing like the house above, so the Geggies may not have built the Schindler design, or they moved away from it before 1943. 720 Heatherside sold to James Z. Kerr. Deeded to Guadalupe Kerr. Remodeled in 1993. Sold in 1998 to Stephen and Kathleen Pelletier. Sold in 2001 to Kevin and Rasika McNamara. Sold in 2008 to Allen and Emilie Lanstra. Sold in 2017 to ENR Resources LLC and remodeled. Sold in 2022 to Anuj and Joanna Desai.
1936 - The Clifton C. Fitzpatrick House, aka the Fitzpatrick/Leland House, 8078 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold to actress Martha Raye. Sold in 1990 to Russ Leland, who, working with architect and contractor Jeff Fink, successfully did a restoration in 2000-2003. In 2008 he donated it to the MAK Center. For his generous donation Leland was honored by the country of Austria. The house was used for a few years as the MAK Urban Future Initiative. Second photo by Wayne Andrews/ESTO; bottom by Elizabeth Daniels. Available to visit but expensive.
1936 - The Ralph G. Walker House, 2100 Kenilworth Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1935. Renovated in 1939 and 1941; restored by architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 1994-1995. Schindler designed the house in a downslope cascade to take maximum advantage of the hillside view. A row of eight piers elevates the volume while creating a porch underneath. Typical of Schindler's downhill designs, the street elevation is kept low while the house expands to the maximum on the downhill side and take full advantage of the view. A long clerestory window detaches the roof plane from the volumes housing the garage and the maid's quarters on the street side. Shielded behind them, the main living area, organized around a core formed by the fireplace and the kitchen, is fully open onto the view; the bedrooms and a playroom occupy the lower level. The location of the stairs along a large window on the side façade makes one constantly aware of living on a steep slope. This feeling is reinforced by the sloping ceiling of the living room and its complex geometry, which follows the topography of the hillside. The roof canopy is further lifted from the wall, allowing clerestory light into the space. The architectural base of the building is one if its best-known features. A row of eight concrete columns elevates the volume of the house while creating a porch underneath it. The trellis, cantilevering from the structure, expands to the side to become an overhanging balcony for one of the bedrooms. Views are framed in sensitive ways, giving each room a different relationship to the outside - some open widely onto outdoor terraces while other are intensively closed, barely lit by clerestory light. Text adapted from 2022 MAK Center Architecture Tour/Silver Lake + Echo Park brochure. Owned since at least 2008 by Janice R. Morrow; put into her trust in 2010. Sold in 2018 to Andrew Romano. Top photo by Wayne Andrews/ESTO, rest by Michael Locke.
1936 - The Hacienda Place Residence, city unknown. Likely unbuilt.
1936 - The J. Veissi House, 32-36 Hilldale Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned 1932. Unbuilt.
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1936 - The Victoria McAlmon Duplex, 2717-2721 Waverly Drive, Los Angeles CA. Two houses on one lot. Originally built in 1923 as part of Ivanhoe Tract. Commissioned in 1935. In 1935 a permit was pulled to move the residence but both the original and new address are 2717, permit signed by Schindler, who added one roof and one garage and interior renovations. Sold to Vickie Sue Holder (trustee) and Donald E Johnson (family trust). Sold in 2008 to Lawrence Schaffer and Eric Jan Lamers. Guest house became a rental. Bottom two photos by Michael Locke.
1936 - The Eric Mack House, 1258 Hilldale Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Mack was a motion picture actor known for his work on Storm Boy, and Putting Pants on Philip. Sold in 2010 to Deborah Macmillan. Photos by Michael Locke.
1936 - The Schuettner House, Los Tilos Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1936 - The Sam and Dorothy Seligson Renovations, 1761 North Orange Grove Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Remodeled again. Sold in 2003 to Caren Michael Trust. Sold in 2015 to Lauren G. and Lincoln M. Stubblefield. Top photo by Michael Locke. Middle two photos by Andrea Minton.
1936 - The Manuel and Viola Goldberg Seff House Renovations, 605 North Arden Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Screenwriter and playwright Manuel Seff is credited with fourteen screenplays from 1933-1950. Sold to Anne and David Bell. Sold in 2001 to Jeff Shahram. Sold in 2001 to Bijan and Shahdokht Dokhanian. Sold in 2018 to Alan and Ronit Naim. Photos by Michael Locke.
1937 - The Charles P. Lowes House II, 5360 College View Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Destroyed by the Ventura Highway.
1937 - The Gisela Bennati Cabin, 198 C Lane, Lake Arrowhead CA. Commissioned in 1934. Her husband's name, known only as A., was on the original plans. This is considered America's first A-frame house, a style that did not catch on elsewhere until 20 years later. Sold to Donlin Murdy. Deeded in 1983 to Bruce Murdy.
1937 - The Gus Kahn Remodel, 917 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills CA. The original house was built in 1926. Remodeled again in 1956. Arthur Marx, Groucho's son, and wife Irene, appear to be living at the address about the same time as the Kahn's (1944) according to the US census. Sold to Eva and Frank Hammer. Sold in 1998 to the Samuel K. Freshman Trust. Photo by Michael Locke.
1937 - The A. E. Rose Beach Colony, aka the Cabania City Project, Santa Monica CA. It was to be a recreational facility featuring 30+ cabanas and a pool on the ocean. While the development was never built, a prototype cabin shown above was completed at 8575 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Has been destroyed.
1937 - The Harry S. Warren Remodel, 1113 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Schindler designed furniture for the house as well. Warren was the first major American songwriter to write primarily for film. Extensively remodeled in 2008. Sold in 2002 to the Douglas and Ann Netter Trust. Photo by Michael Locke.
1937 - The Fredman House, Franklin Place, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1937 - The Nicolai Remisoff House, Hadgrave Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1937 - The Henwar Rodakiewicz House, 9121 Alto Cedro Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Sold in 2003 to Jacqueline Monash. Restored, but not in much sympathy with Schindler's original design.
1938 - The Peter Yates and Frances Mullen Studio Remodel, 1735 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles CA. Later made into a duplex. Sold in 1996 to current owner Thom Andersen who undid the duplex and did a restoration with architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 1997-1998. Top photo by Michael Locke, rest by Roger Straus III/ESTO.
1938 - The Anastasia L. and Luby Bubeshko Apartments, 2036 Griffith Park Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. The building on the right was built first. The left building was added by Schindler in 1941. Sold for the first time to Joe DeMarie and Madeleine Brand. Designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 831) in 2006. Renovated around 2016 by DSH Architects, who won a 2010 Residential Magazine Design Award. Color exterior photos by Michael Locke.
1938 - The Irving Cummings Addition and Renovation, 630 North Oakhurst Drive, Beverly Hills CA. The house was originally built in 1937. Project unbuilt.
1938 - The Jane Storm House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1938 - The I. Rosenthal Apartments, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1938 - The Mrs. A. Sharpless Studio House, 1500 Viewsite Terrace, Los Angeles CA. Sold to George D. Mancini. Sold to Richard Byrd. Sold in 2010 to Viewsite LLC. Sold in 2011 to 1500 Viewsite Terrace. Sold in 2013 to Iris Partners. Extensively remodeled. Sold in 2017 to Emil Thidell. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1938 - The Mildred Southall Studio and House, 1855 Park Drive, Los Angeles CA. Restored by architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 2002. Built for $6,000, Southall House is Schindler's first house to be constructed completely from plywood to fit within the budget of a music teacher, Mildred Southall. The home's blueprint is a series of overlapping rectangles that project out from the south at a 45-degree angle. There are two front doors, one used for piano students, and one used for Ms. Southall and her guests. Sliding partitions between the main bedroom, the living space and the dining room reformat the space based on the need and reflect Schindler's notion that space is formed through materials. Ms. Southall's relationship to music is echoed in the design of the house as a separate studio provided space for her to run classes. Ms. Southall is assumed to have synesthesia, a perception phenomenon where sound can evoke an experience of color. The house is painted a particular shade of green which, to her, reflected an E-minor chord. Text from the MAK Architecture Tour 2022/Echo Park + Silver Lake, December 18, 2022. Restored by architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 2002. Sold to Katharine Gosho and Bernard Kim. Sold in 2017 to Brendan Ravenhill and Marjory Garrison who did a restoration. Top photo by Maynard Parker; photo 2 and 4 bottom photos by Michael Locke.
1938 - The Arthur Timme House, 1745-47 North Vista Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1938 - The Selmer N. Westby House, 1805 Maltman Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2010 to Leeat Yariv.
1938 - The Harry H. Wolff Jr. House, 4000 Sunnyslope Avenue, Sherman Oaks CA. Sold to Paula Kelley. Sold in 1992 to Thomas Mitchell. Sold in 2000 to Michael LaFetra who did a restoration with architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 2002-2004. Sold in 2006 to Gina Nieto. Sold in 2019 to David Binder and Daniele Neuharth. Photos by Michael Locke.
1938 - The Kay Francis Remodel, 9033 Briarcrest Lane, Beverly Hills CA. The original house, designed by Levine and Frederick, above, was built in 1937. Photo by Maynard Parker. The house appeared in House and Garden, October 1939 and Architectural Digest, 1943. Unclear if the Schindler remodel, bottom photos, was ever built; needs verification. Modified in 1965. Sold.
1938 - The Frank Hanna House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1938 - The Burke House and Apartments, Balboa, Newport Beach CA. Unbuilt.
1938 - The El Djey and M. Aldrich House, 2432 Laurel Pass Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1938 - The Olga Zacsek Beach House, 114 Ellen Avenue, Playa Del Rey CA. Commissioned in 1936. Additions by Schindler in 1950. Destroyed when the land was absorbed into LAX airport. Photo from R. M. Schindler by Judith Sheine and Gustavo Gili.
1939 - The Guy C. and Lisse J. Wilson House, 2090 Redcliff Street, Los Angeles CA. Before several remodels by Schindler, the facade was originally symmetrical and rested on a base that extended to the north side of the hill. This orientation provided a space for the terrace on the sloping side of the hill. Schindler's manipulation of each section resulted in a floor projecting out beyond each successive floor, creating a triple-cantilevered facade that culminates with a dynamic tapered roof plane, suggesting a sense of motion toward the view. The intimate relationship between the house and landscape is a direct result of the interplay between the structure and the characteristics of the site. A secret garden passageway links the house to Kenilworth Avenue on the downslope and the neighboring Schindler-designed Walker House. Sold to Ken Reiner (who commissioned John Lautner's Silvertop). Deck addition by Schindler. Another addition, not by Schindler. Sold to architect Donald Hensmen. Sold in 1972 to architect Bernard Zimmerman. The house was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 965) in 2009. Sold in 1977. Sold in 2005 to Noah Baylin. Top photo by Wayne Andrews/ESTO; other photos by Michael Locke.
Wilson was a noted architectural historian; he commissioned Schindler to design the in 1939. Many notable individuals later owned or occupied the house, including Ken Reiner, who later commissioned John Lautner's Silver Top; Bernard Zimmerman, a founding member of Southern California Institute of Architecture; Donald C. Hensman, USC School of Architecture professor and principal architect at the firm Buff, Straub, Smith and Hensman and more recently, Connie Butler, chief curator at the Hammer Museum.
1939 - The Samuel T. and Pauline Falk Apartments, 1810-1816 Lucile Avenue and 3631 Carnation Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1938. Sold in 2015 to John Mark Horton. For sale in 2020. Bottom four photos by Michael Locke.
1939 - The Alfio Bissiri House, 3896 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Built, but often listed as unbuilt. Schindler, according to neighbors, had an affair with Bissiri's wife and was fired. Schindler distanced himself from the project after that. Sold to Joan Gabrielson. Sold in 1998 to Jaime Frankfurt. Sold in 2012 to Brian and Julie Baumgartner. Sold in 2016 to Heath Freeman. Sold in 2021 to David and Enid Garber.
1939 - The Tibor Balkany House, 3855 Broadlawn Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1939 - The Pearl Mackey Apartments, 1137 South Cochran Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Sold to the Republic of Austria and home to the MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residence program. Photos by Michael Locke.
1939 - The Douglas and Victoria Kennedy Duplex, 822 North Alexandria Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Designed by Schindler associate Edward Richard Lind. Sold to Ndex West LLC. Sold in 2010 to Structured Asset 2006-Get2. Sold in 2010 to Mari P. Helgeson. Sold in 2020 to Tai Family Trust. Photos by Michael Locke.
1940 - The Anna May Wong House Remodel, 326 San Vicente Boulevard, Santa Monica CA. Commissioned in 1939. Additional work by Schindler 1946-1947. Destroyed. The address is now a multi-unit apartment complex built in 1956.
1940 - The Samuel (Sam) and Yolanda Goodwin House, 3807 Reklaw Drive, North Hollywood CA. Top photo by Wayne Andrews/ESTO. Owned by one family until sold by heirs in 2013 to Goodwin House, LLC who did a renovation. Sold in 2015 to Patrick and Angela Currie. Sold in 2019 to Patrick and Angela Currie.
1940 - The G. H. Hodel Remodel, 1800 Huntington Drive, San Marino CA. Schindler designed furniture but no structural design.
1940 - The Lapotka Apartments, 1821 Park Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1940 - Speculative House #1, 423 West Ellis Avenue, Inglewood CA. Designed with E. Richard Lind. Sold to Barbara A. Richardson and Brian Conley. Sold to architect Steven Ehrlich, who renovated it in 2010. Top photo by Michael Locke. Bottom photo of the backyard: it's the house on the right. The house on the left is another Schindler spec house, shown in more detail below.
1940 - Speculative House #2, 429 West Ellis Avenue, Inglewood CA. Designed with E. Richard Lind. In 71 years the house had had only two owners and was in original but poor condition, top photo. Sold in 2009 to architect Steven Ehrlich who did a complete restoration. Landscape design by Stefan Hammerschmidt. Deeded to Ehrlich's daughter, Onna Ehrlich-Bell, and her husband Joel Bell. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1940 - Speculative House #3, 433 West Ellis Avenue, Inglewood CA. Designed with E. Richard Lind. Sold to Aaron and Grace Berryman. Sold in 2007 to Kali Nikitas and Richard Shelton, who in an amazing stroke of luck bought it off of Craigslist! Renovated in 2010 by architect Steven Ehrlich. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1940 - The Albert and Esther Van Dekker House, 19950 Collier Street, Woodland Hills CA. Commissioned in 1939. The Van Dekkers, who kept farm animals at the then-rural property, only lived in the house for a short time. Sold in the early 1940s to screenwriter A. I. Bezzerides, who lived there until his death in 2007. His son lived there off and on until 2009, when it was sold to Josh Gorrell, who did substantial repairs. Awarded LA historic- cultural monument status in 2010. According to Gorrell, Bezzerides quartered a Japanese family in an area in front of the garage during the World War II internment. B/W photos from the 1940s, color from around 2009. Sold in 2013 to builder Frank Gamwell who did a complete restoration. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1940 - The Abe M. Sax House, 1929 Hollyvista Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1940 - The Jewel Strader House, 3411 Tareco Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Strader lived down the street at 3395 in a house not designed by Schindler. The house at 3411 as of 2012 was built in 1957.
1940 - The Nettie M. Taylor House and Studio, 501 Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena CA. Unbuilt.
1940 - The G. Droste House, 2025 Kenilworth Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Built for the Droste family of Dutch chocolate fame. Restored by architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 2006-2007. Sold to Jeanne and To Lee. Middle photo by Heinz Emigholz; bottom two photos by Andrea Minton.
1941 - The Guy Wilson Beach House, Laguna Beach or Balboa CA. Built, according to Wilson's son.
1941 - The Ben Carre House, 10356 Northvale Road, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1941 - The Hartigan House, Longview Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1941 - The Hilaire Hiler Studio/House, 1215 Alta Loma Avenue, West Hollywood CA. Sold to John Decker who used the house as an art gallery. Destroyed in the early 1960s along with other adjacent properties to build the first Playboy Club for Hugh Hefner.
1941 - The W. Byers House, 15041 Sherman Way, Van Nuys CA. Unbuilt.
1941 - The Edmund J. Gibling House, Warner Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Designed for his former wife's father.
1941 - The J. H. and Margaret Druckman House, 2764 Outpost Drive, Los Angeles CA. Schindler also designed the furniture. Schindler designed, but didn't complete, an office remodel for Druckman at 300 South Beverly Drive and a house for Margaret Druckman in 1948-1950. Sold in 1997 to John and Marion Peck.
1941 - The Karz Apartment Renovations, 533 North Cummings Street, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1942 - The M. Periere House, 1969 Lucile Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1942 - The Albert House Remodel, 2781 Outpost Drive, Los Angeles CA. This was for a child's bedroom. Original house designed in 1939 by Milton J. Black. Sold to Earl and Maryann Costa. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1942 - The George and Rose L. Harris House, 7940 Willow Glen Road, Los Angeles CA. Destroyed in the early 1970s.
1942 - The John Pennington Remodelling, aka Pen Oak, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo CA. Built.
1942 - The O. Elmer House, 3564 Multiview Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. Photo above is architect Steve Wallet's interpretation of Schindler's original plans.
1942 - The J. Jose and June Rodriguez House, 1845 Niodrara Drive, Glendale CA. Commissioned in 1940. The home served as a glittering backdrop for cocktail parties with Igor Stravinsky, Salvador Dali, and Ansel Adams. The Rodriguez House is a Glendale City Landmark. Sold to Michael Murray, Michael Murray III, and Kelly Craig Jones. Sold in 2006 to Scott Frasier and Catherine Jurca. Top photo by Michael Locke; bottom photo by Grant Mudford.
1943 - The Mrs. S. Ted Falk Apartments, Los Angeles CA; 3 alternate schemes. This is one.
1943 - The Mary Langley Remodel, 841 Stone Canyon Road, Brentwood CA. Original house was designed by architect Robert Finkelhor for Sidney Buckman in 1935. Schindler modifications consisted of "cutting through two doors and one window through an old wall, erecting a partition to form a back entrance hall, adding an arch between nook and kitchen." Sold in 2002 to Stephen Michalski Trust/Stone Canyon Trust. Photos by Michael Locke.
1943 - The Clifford Marker Remodel, 2401 Bowmont Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt. The present house is nice (bottom photo) but the Schindler design was really great (top photo).
1943 - The G. Hammer Porch Addition, 2255 Kenilworth Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1943 - The Mrs. S. Ulick House, 2030 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1943 - The I. M. Zamudio House Remodel, 6113 Mansfield Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1943 - The Arthur Louis Fischer and Miriam Lerner House, 1951 Walcott Way, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1943 - The Karl and Doris Howenstein Remodel, 2083 Hanscomb Drive, South Pasadena CA. Original house built in 1925 in a classic California style. Karl Howenstein was an architect and close friend to Schindler and commissioned him in 1943 to dramatically alter the house. Still owned by the Howenstein family as of 2023. Renderings of Schindler's remodel are available at the AD&D Museum, UC Santa Barbara. Bottom photo by Michael Locke. For sale in 2023.
1944 - The Seymour W. and Blanche Litt Remodel, 3050 Menlo Drive, Glendale CA. Original house built in 1925. Sold to the Midred Wren Trust. Sold in 2013 to Jason Fordham. Photo by Michael Locke.
1944 - The J. Klutch Remodel, 1821 Edgecliffe Drive, Los Angeles CA. Schindler also did the furniture. Original house built in 1924. Owned by Kurt Nelson since at least 2008. Bottom two photos by Michael Locke.
1944 - The Hazel Nickerson Remodel, 681 South Norton Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Destroyed. New apartments built there in 2003.
1944 - The Charles Rosoff Duplex Remodel, 6000-6004 La Prada, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1944 - The Mary Kappes Thomasset Apartment Remodel, 718-722 South Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Built, but later destroyed. Property records indicate the apartment building shown in the photo is from the 1950s. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1944 - The W. A. Starkey Remodel, 2323 Merrywood Drive, Los Angeles CA. Originally built in the 1930s. Remodeled after a 1940s fire which burned down most of the neighborhood, including the 2nd floor of this house. Schindler remodeled the surviving ground floor. It is assumed the second floor contained the bedrooms, and Schindler rearranged the first floor to include two bedrooms. The former second story is now a sun deck. Schindler also designed and built a wonderful two-car garage which was removed in the late 1990s.
In the 1950s the Black musician Leadbelly rented a room from the owner despite racial restrictions in certain areas. There is an article from the L.A. Times describing the restrictions and how the owner and their "negro tenant Mr. Leadbetter" managed to escape them. Sold to Yoram Kahana. Has been a rental for several years.
1945 - The Manuel Compinsky House, 1032 North Valley Street, Burbank CA. Compinsky met Schindler through a mutual friend, Peter Yates, for whom Schindler had previously designed a music studio and performance space in Silver Lake (the famous Yates Studio where the Evenings on the Roof concert series were held beginning in 1939). A native of Manchester, England, Compinsky emigrated to the United States in the 1920s and with his sister, Sara, a pianist, and brother, Alec, a cellist. They performed in major cities throughout the country.
Sold in 1998 to Michael C. and Kathryn M. Jordan. Photo and text by Michael Locke.
1945 - The Joseph George and Jennie Rothblatt Gold House, 3758 Reklaw Drive, Studio City CA. Restored in 1999-2000 by architect and contractor Jeff Fink. Sold to Henrietta Pally Living Trust and Karin Gill Pally. Sold in 1999 to Eric Preven. B/W photo circa 1950s by Wayne Andrews/ESTO. Color photos by Michael Locke.
1945 - The Henry Schick House, 11833 Laurelwood Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1945 - The Maxim H. Braden House, 11837 Laurelwood Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
The owners decided to build apartments instead, also designed by Schindler.
1945 - The Basia Gingold Remodel, 514 North Alta Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Commissioned in 1943. Original house built in 1930. I. E. Anderson was the contractor. Photo by Michael Locke.
1946 - The F. and Myrtle T. Daugherty House, 4635 Louise Avenue, Encino CA. "For all its ranch air, this is no unsophisticated adobe," wrote architecture critic Esther McCoy in the Los Angeles Times' Home magazine in 1950. "It makes fullest use of urban planning and the most modern materials." Has been destroyed.
1946 - The Maryon Toole Desert House, aka the Kopp House, 44870 Cabrillo Avenue, Palm Desert CA. The house initially ran over budget, and Schindler finished it anyway at no extra cost. Toole immigrated to the US from Canada as a child and later served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, as well as Korea and Vietnam, achieving the rank of captain. Sold in 1968 to Douglas and Kathleen Kopp, still owners as of 2014. The carport was converted to a studio. Declared a Palm Desert Historic Landmark in 2014. Top photo by Michael Locke. Bottom four photos by Andrea Minton.
1946 - The Maurice (Mischa) Kallis House & Studio, aka Kallis-Sharlin House, 3580 Multiview Drive, Los Angeles CA. Renovated 1949 and 1951. Sold in 1993 to William and Jacqueline Sharlin. Jacqueline was Kallis' cousin. They hired Schindler's associate Josef Van der Kar to ingeniously convert an open patio between the living quarters and art studio to an entertainment and family room. Later, they hired architect Leroy Miller to convert the art studio to a new master bedroom and bath. Restored by architect and contractor Jeff Fink in 2003. Sold in 2017 to author Susan Orlean and John Gillespie, who did a renovation with architect and contract Jeff Fink in 2017-2019. The house was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 860) in 2007. Photos by Michael Locke.
Mischa Kallis was a notable fine artist as well as advertising art director for Paramount Studios and Universal Studios (1943-1966). He designed the stained-glass windows at the David Familian Chapel, designated a California historical landmark as the first Jewish synagogue in the San Fernando Valley. He also designed the poster for the movie Double Indemnity. He was at one time artist in residence at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute of American Jewish University.
1946 - The Roxy Roth House, 3624 Buena Park Drive, Studio City CA. Top B/W photos by Wayne Andrews/ESTO. Commissioned 1945. Has been restored by architect Barbara Bestor; restored in 1998-1999 by architect and contractor Jeff Fink. Sold in 2001 to Yasmine and Noam Murro. Sold in 2007 to John Gillespie and author Susan Orlean. Sold in 2018 to Zahir and Erica McGhee.
1946 - The Charles E. Harvey Remodeling, 2280 Earl Street, Los Angeles CA. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1946 - The Mrs E. Howatt House, aka the Frances McLallen Howatt House, Temple Hills Drive, Laguna Beach CA. Unbuilt.
1946 - The Redesdale Avenue Apartments, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1946 - The R. M. Spangler House, 2709 Jalma Drive, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1946 - The Leo Gallagher Apartment Remodel, 1223-27 Elysian Park Drive, Los Angeles CA. Built. As of 2014, nothing was there. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1946 - The Leo Gallagher Remodel, 3135 Oakcrest Drive, Los Angeles CA. Original house built in 1929 and designed by Ben Sherwood. Schindler's friend Esther McCoy was an associate of Gallagher's, a labor attorney, during the labor movement of the 1930s. It is likely she was Schindler's connection to Gallagher. Owner as of 2003, Bonnie Fuson. Photo by Michael Locke.
1947 - The Madanmohan Mangaldas House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1947 - The Alexander Borisoff House, La Presa Drive, North Hollywood area of Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1947 - The Frank F. and Helen Virginia House, 1621 Sargent Place, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt. A house by another architect was built there in 1950.
1947 - The Felix and Gertrude Presburger House, 4255 Agnes Avenue, Studio City CA. Commissioned in 1945. Sold in 2009 Christopher M. Culliton and Amy E. Schulenberg. Designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 1076) in 2014. Bottom photos by Michael Locke.
1948 - The Curcio Apartment and Commercial Building, 1816-1818 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1947. Permit for new construction in 1948 does not show architect's name. In 1949 one garage was converted to an office, again no architect named. Sold in 2004 to Wilma Walling. Sold to Beurekjian Family Trust. Probably not a Schindler; the project is not included in the Schindler Archives at UCSB.
Schlindler also remodeled a commercial store for Courcio at 1146 North Vermont Avenue in 1946. Photo by Andrea Minton.
1948 - The Richard Lechner House, 11600 Amanda Drive, Studio City CA. Remodeled in 1985 by architect Paul Sterling Hoag. Sold in 1999. Sold in 2004 to David Krinsky. Sold in 2008 to the Shamshiri and Hall Trust. Pamela Shamshiri did a multi-year renovation, featured in the New York Times. Sold in 2019 to Esther and Albert Oehlen. Bottom photo by Anthony Cotsifas.
1948 - The Edmund J. Gibling House, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1948 - The Peter Paul Ott Apartments, 153 Peck Drive, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt.
1948 - The Laurelwood Apartments, 11833-11837 Laurelwood Drive, Studio City CA. Sold to the Jameson Family Trust. For sale in 2018. Photos by Michael Locke.
Around 1948 - The Barbara Myers Remodel, 2040 Oakstone Way, Los Angeles CA. Designed in association with E. Richard Lind who worked with Schindler. Destroyed. Design-Build-Owner Eric Nelson built two houses in 1954 on the site, 2040 and 2042, photo above by Michael Locke.
1948 - The Mildred Sax House, 1800 North Crescent Heights Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Middle photo by Andrea Minton; bottom by Michael Locke. Under renovation in 2018.
1949 - The Zachary Taylor Trumbo and Georgia Fifield House, 3901 Ventura Canyon Avenue, Sherman Oaks CA. Commissioned 1947. This house was not designed by Schindler, although according to his archive he did design a project for them at some point, likely unbuilt.
1949 - The Ellen Janson House, 8704 Skyline Drive, Los Angeles CA. She was Schindler's last girlfriend. Sold in 2010 to the Bernard J. Biencourt Trust. Top two photos from UC-Santa Barbara collection; bottom photo by Michael Locke.
1949 - aka Beverly Hills Penthouse, Beverly Hills CA. Unbuilt.
1949 - The Louis Blembel House, 2103 Sunset Plaza Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 2010. House on this lot as of 2011 has build date of 1957. Went into foreclosure, sold in 2013. Bottom photo by Andrea Minton.
1949 - aka Bachelor Apartments, 5435 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA. Unbuilt.
1. Duplex Remodel, 1760 El Cerrito Place, Los Angeles CA.
2. House on Sierra Mar Drive.
3. 1462-8 Altridge Drive, Beverly Hills CA.
4. 1949 apartment renovation at 1932-38 Cheremoya Avenue, Los Angeles CA.
1949 - The Beata Inaya Projects. None were built.
1949 - The Joseph L. Armon House, 470 Canyon Vista Drive), Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1946. Originally addressed 470 West Avenue 43. Sold in 2002 to Maya Shimoguchi. Some of the original Schindler furniture was auctioned off in 2012. Non-aerial photos by Andrea Minton.
1949 - The Walter Clark Varnum House, 3969 Clayton Avenue West, Los Angeles CA. Designed by Schindler associate E. Richard Lind. Sold in 1986 to Gene and Melissa J. Enifrank. Sold in 1995 to Robern S. Kalin. Sold in 2001 to Timothy J. and Anita Swanson. Sold in 2003 to Thomas C. Sweet. Sold in 2018 to Amy Rosenberg. Sold in 2022 to Nicholas Jasenovec. Photos by Michael Locke.
1950 - The Adolph Tischler House, 175 Greenfield Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1949. The house is geometrically sculptured and looks like a ship. Photo by Grant Mudford. B/W photo by Wayne Andrews/ESTO. Sold for the first time in 2016 to Timothy and Tanya Christensen.
1950 - The William E. and Mildred Tucker House, 8010 Fareholm Drive, Los Angeles CA. Sold in 1975 to David Serrurier. Deeded to the Foget-Serrurier Trust. Most photos by Michael Locke. For sale in 2023.
1950 - The Herman and Vivian Chudom Millman House, 1660 Redcliff Street, Los Angeles CA. Schindler associate Edward Richard Lind was the designer. Sold to Patsy W. Tompkins. Sold in 1997 to Laura A. Graham. Sold in 2019 to Emma Conway. Photo by Michael Locke.
1951 - The Maurice R. and Muriel W. Ries House, 1404 Miller Drive, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1950. Sold in 1993 to Frank Piccolo and Sarah Hass. Bottom two photos by Michael Locke.
1950 - The Dodge House Remodel, 6853 Pacific View Drive, Los Angeles CA. In 1912 a hunting cabin was built for the Dodge family who hired Schindler to remodel one side of the duplex. Shortly thereafter architect Gregory Ain moved into the other side and remodeled that half. Sold in 2006 to Donald and Henriettte Gordon. Sold to Helen Tina Gainsboro. Sold in 2010 to Rummel Bautista. He renovated the interior, removed most of the built-in furniture, and added French doors.
1950 - The Robert and Mariana Erlik House, 1757 North Curson Avenue, Los Angeles CA. In 1946 upon becoming US citizens they changed their last names from Ehrlich to Erlik. Several owners. Went into foreclosure. Sold in 2002 to Kimberly Bieber. Sold in 2005 to actress Holland V. Taylor. Top photo by Michael Locke.
1952 - The Samuel and Bertha Skolnik House, 2567 Glendower Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1950. Addition in 1960 by Gregory Ain. Renovations in the 1980s by David Serrurier. Sold in 1986 to Stacy Peralta. Sold in 1994 to Gregory E. and Stephanie Ross. Sold in 2022. Photos 4-7 by Michael Locke.
1952 - Apartment, Los Angeles CA. Status unknown.
1952 - The Esther McCoy (Tobey) House, 2434 Beverley Avenue, Santa Monica CA. Bottom photo by Michael Locke.
From Wikipedia: McCoy was an internationally known architecture author and critic. During WWII, she worked as a draftsman for Schindler after being discouraged from applying to USC's architecture school due to her age and gender. From 1950 until her death in 1989, McCoy was a frequent contributor to Arts & Architecture, Architectural Forum, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, L'Architectura, Lotus, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.
Her first major book, published in 1960, was Five California Architects, highlighting pioneer California Modernists Charles and Henry Greene, Irving Gill, Bernard Maybeck, and Schindler. She wrote more books about the Case Study Houses, Richard Neutra, and Craig Ellwood, among others.
1952 - The Esther McCoy (Tobey) Duplex at 2407 6th Street, Santa Monica CA. Photo by Michael Locke.
1953 - The Saul Marks House Remodel, 1052 Manzanita Street, Los Angeles CA. Sold around 2006 to Peter and Ann Liashov. Original house built in 1908/1925 with a 1962 addition. There have been subsequent additions and renovations.
1954 - The Phillip and Phyllis Schlessinger House, 1901 Myra Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Commissioned in 1952. 1258 sf. Sold in 2012 to Chumi Paul. Renovated. Sold in 2014 to Erin and Samuel Falls. Sold in 2018 to Thomas Kuntz.
Sources include: The Architectural Drawings of R. M. Schindler by David Gebhard; Schindler by David Gebhard; Rudolf M. Schindler, The Invention of an American Tradition by Marco De Michelis; Schindler's Houses by Heinz Emigholz; R.M. Schindler, Architect, 1887-1953 by August Sarnitz; The Architecture of R.M. Schindler by the Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide, by David Gebhard; R. M. Schindler Papers at UC Santa Barbara.