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From the comfort of your laptop, car, or both, be a volunteer USModernist field research agent in Los Angeles. Research Modernist houses online and/or in your car to solve the missing pieces of USModernist, the largest open digital archive for Modernist houses in the world. We’re looking to complete our archives on Los Angeles-based architects Gregory Ain, Craig Ellwood, Raphael Soriano, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Quincy Jones, and more all found here.
Field research agents volunteer about two hours a week, or about four hours every other week. This can be as simple as taking an afternoon to drive around, or a few hours at night to surf the web. Warning: hunting for and researching Modernist houses is seriously addictive, if you’re really into architecture. You’ll work with our chief of research, Catherine Cramer.
Do you have the passion, curiousity, and available time? Send an email with your name, phone number, address, and which architects you’re most interested in. Thanks!
The Yates Studio is located at 1735 Micheltorena Street in the Moreno Highlands of Silver Lake.
Originally a duplex, Schindler’s design evolved into a single family home to fit the owner’s changing circumstances. Sleeping quarters, a studio and library were added above the garage. The overall design reflects Schindler’s late de Stijl influence.Located at 1805 Maltman Avenue, the home is currently on the market for $1,095,000 (November 8, 2009).
Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov, Chair of the Silver Lake Urban Design & Preservation Committee, recently informed that this unassuming duplex located at 944 Maltman Avenue is indeed the work of a young Rudolf Shindler! ‘During the course of research and digging through history and left-intact documents, we made this tremendous discovery. It was designed and built according to his plans’, an ecstatic Ms. Bougart-Sharkov exclaimed, ‘It was a stepping stone in terms of using cast concrete as a structural and architectural element.’Elizabeth related that Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti was personally involved and appeared before the Los Angeles Cultural and Historic Commission requesting the designation of the property as a Los Angeles Cultural and Heritage Monument (No. 844) which was successful.In an email received by Schindler’s son, Mark Schindler, I learned that ‘the Purviance Duplex is the small house to the north. The owner wanted Schindler to use brick, so the architect revised the plan and sold it to him. The rear section has the same slab cast tiles that my father used on the How House.’.
The Purviance Duplex is located at 944 Maltman Avenue.
Rudolf Schindler built this house on a hillside lot, on an angle away from the street to take full advantage of the sunset views to the west. Schindler furnished the house with his own signature ‘unit’ furniture, allowing assembly in a variety of combinations. It was built at a cost of $4 per square foot.The Oliver House is located at 2236 Micheltorena Street in the Moreno Highlands neighborhood of Silver Lake.
The McAlmon Residence is located at 2717-2721 Waverly Drive.
Rudolph Schindler designed Manola Cour for his client, artist/designer Herman Sachs over a 14-year period. They are an excellent example of Schindler’s abstract style. Located at 1811-1830 Edgecliffe Drive. The entire complex of sixteen residences ‘set within hilliside gardens on three adjacent street-to-street parcels’ was listed for sale (July 2008) for $3M. A dramatic 2-story owner’s loft connects directly to the original studio.
Photo taken from the 1800 block of Lucile Avenue.
In the How House, Schindler has addressed the challenges of a steep hillside lot in Silver Lake with the needs of his client, physician James Eads How, and has created a remarkable composition. Rather than the typical arrangement of placing the house squarely in line with the curb, Schindler has it placed on a diagonal. The ingenious interplay of glass and redwood provides a sense of transparency while affording privacy that harmonizes with the setting.
The How House is located at 2422 Silver Ridge Avenue in Silver Lake. It has undergone extensive renovation since purchased in late 2003. The property hit the market in September 2008 for almost $5 million. Owner Michael LaFetra redduced the price in June, and then the house went off the market last September. It , came back on the market in November 2009 priced at $2.795 million; as of May 2010 it was listed for sale for $2.495 million. Motion picture executive Brad Kembel and his partner Jimmy Ferrareze purchased the landmark in May 2012 for $1.3 million.
For more information about the architect, the book ‘R.M.Schindler’ by James Steele is highly recommended.
R.M. Schindler designed the house for the Droste family of Belgian Chocolate fame in 1940. Schindler was one of Silver Lake’s most prolific architects of the Modernist Movement. He Immigrated from Vienna in 1914 at the age of 26, and after a three year stint in Chicago, he established himself with the firm of Frank Lloyd Wright where he supervised the construction of Hollyhock House. Wright was to become Schindler’s most important influence.No less than 41 of his works may be found in the Southern California landscape (Silver Lake may have the most with nine). The architect most closely associated with Schindler is of course, Richard Neutra. The two were classmates in Austria. Neutra followed Schindler to Los Angeles, with Schindler inviting the Neutras to set up residence in the Schindler House in West Hollywood. The pair collaborated successfullly at first. The harmony came to an end when Neutra was awarded the commission to design the Los Feliz home for Dr. Richard Lovell, Schindler’s most important client., The two split in 1931 and never reconciled until 1953, less than a year before Schindler’s death.
The Droste House is located at 2025 Kenilworth Avenue in the Moreno Highlands In 2006, the Droste House was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 837).
These landmark apartments recently (June 2004) went on the market for $1.5 Million. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2006 (No. 831). Located at 2036 Griffith Park Boulevard.