touring Schindler's Inglewood spec houses (with a side tour of chicken and waffles)

Bless the MAK Center for setting up these tours of R.M. Schindler homes. This year it was three spec houses Schindler designed and built in Inglewood circa 1940 (Richard Lind, a Shindler protege, is given co-credit in some places). All three homes were open for the tour with two of the three allowing indoor photography.

The houses were, of course, stunning. It's always good to get inside one of Schindler's places from time to time to be reminded of his brilliance. Even though these are small and economical homes, their designs are expansive and highly livable.

post from The (R.M.) Schindler List blog

Article about the restoration of one of the homes.

Two of the three places are side-by-side and considered a duplex with a shared front yard.

The third place was a few houses down the street.

The front wall cantilevers over the landscape.

One of my favorite Schindler details is how beautifully abstract his fireplaces are.

Also beautifully abstract (and functional) are his intersections and corners.

This plywood volume is the backdrop to the dining room. The volume extends out from the wall, leaving a space above, and hosts the closet for a bedroom. 

Schindler liked to sink his lighting into the ceiling.

A light for the walkway.

A better look at the cantilever and the deep overhang. The houses face west, so Schindler was protecting the living room from the sun.

Although each house is similar, each house sports subtle differences. For example, the fireplaces.

Nice corner window in the 1980s era remodel of the kitchen.

Windows in the bedroom.

The original bathtub/shower.

Nice detailing in the living room corner.

That railing ain't original...

I arrived in Inglewood with time to eat before the tour. Since I was leaving the tour to hightail it back to San Diego to see Maya Jane Coles spin at a show downtown (and would not have time for dinner), I googled for a nearby, hearty meal, and Pann's popped up, just down the street. What a find! The food was good ("What are you famous for?" I asked. "Chicken and waffles!" replied the waitress). Turns out that a Chinese-American woman who was instrumental in early Googie architecture, Helen Liu Fong,  designed the place.

Around the corner from the Schindlers. I call it WTFitecture.


a visit to Schindler's El Pueblo Ribera Court (and an inside tour!)

So a friend of mine from Lampasas has found herself is the unbelievably fortunate spot of living in a Schindler, specifically an apartment in El Pueblo Ribera Court. A San Diego dentist commissioned R.M. Schindler to build a complex of beach-side rental units in La Jolla that would draw attention yet be southwestern. For the project, Schindler tapped into his visit to New Mexico; the concrete construction he had been experimenting with his builder, Clyde Chace; his own house; and Modernism. Designed and built between 1923 and 1925, Schindler designed each unit to be open to the outdoors, have views of the ocean, yet maintain privacy between units. The result has been described as "Pueblo Revival" (Gebhard 1972) and "a masterpiece of early California Modernism" (Dirk Sutro as quoted in Shess 2006).

The unit with (presumably) Schindler's roof-top addition.

I've visited the Court several times to gawk at exteriors, but on this trip I was able to see the interior of one of the units. All of the units have been substantially altered. Once burned to the ground as has been replaced with a Schindler-puebloesque structure, another burned as has been rebuilt into an almost unidentifiable building, and the rest have been modified, the most common being closing the rooftop deck (one of which Schindler himself closed in [which subsequent closures seem to have drawn their inspiration from]). One unit, picture above, appears to have been restored back to its original splendor (a unit that I would eat Trump's toenails to see...).

The unit I visited has also been heavily modified, yet the spirit and charm of Schindler's vision remains.

Post stolen from my other blog.

Full references available at The (R.M.) Schindler List.

Photos of other units:

Some serious deterioration here...

A "replacement" unit (neo_Schindler)

An overgrown unit

This unit burned down, but if you look closely at the bottom, it appears they worked in the concrete from the original in the rebuild.

Same unit as the previous photo

Scenes form the hood:

Fell in love with this cat...

This message of the day really pissed me off.

Termites are an issue in La Jolla

Looking down the street from in front of the pueblos.