Rudolph Michael Schindler was one of the groundbreaking master architects who defined Modern architecture in Southern California. Born in Vienna in 1887, Schindler was trained in art and engineering at the Imperial Technical Institute and the Vienna Academy of Arts. Schindler was most influenced by Professor Carl König, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
In 1918, Schindler joined Wright’s studios to help with the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and in 1920 Wright brought him to Los Angeles to work on the Barnsdall House. While there, Schindler was hired to design several private projects, most particularly, he completed what has become the symbol of Schindler’s architecture, the Kings Road House, or the Schindler-Chase house. Schindler’s early buildings usually are characterized by this concrete construction. Projects include Pueblo Ribera Court, Lovell Beach House, Wolfe House, and How House. During this same period, Schindler did most of the drawings and oversaw the construction for the noteworthy Hollyhock House. One of his favorites being the Tischler House, built in Westwood, 1949.
It is said that Schindler was a true blend of artist and engineer, constantly experimenting with construction techniques, materials, and the composition of space. Often designing on challenging hillsides, he remained devoted to working within the clients needs and budgets, declaring him one of the true individualists of early twentieth century architecture.
The Samuel and Bertha Skolnik House, 1950-1952. R.M. Schindler, Architect. “The house is essentially a carousel, an open space with a merry-go-round in the middle,” wrote Schindler biographer Esther McCoy of the Skolnik Residence.
The Tischler Residence by R.M. Schindler, 1949-1950, part of the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #506. Westwood Mid Century Modern Home by Rudolph Schindler. This remarkable residence is on the market for the first time since its completion in 1950. R.M. Schindler’s article “Visual Techniques” discussed the subjects of “color plasticity, translucency, reflectors and light.”
The Walker Residence, 1935-1936, designed by renowned architect R.M. Schindler is a superb landmark. Offered for the first time, this three-bedroom home sits on a hillside in prime Silver Lake boasting dramatic views of the homes and reservoir below.
The Goodwin House – 1941 by Rudolph M. Schindler, Architect. This R.M. Schindler Mid Century Modern Studio City home has been lovingly restored with no expense spared.
The Lechner House, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #1024, c. 1947, by RM Schindler. Remarkable decade long restoration by Pamela Shamshiri, Design Principal of Studio Shamshiri.