I’ve been to the Schindler House on one other occasion. I took a class called Great Houses of Los Angeles and saw it along with some other great LA houses that included The Freeman House (FLW), The VDL House (Richard Neutra), The Gamble House (Greene & Greene), and The Sheats-Goldstein House (John Lautner).
I returned to the Schindler House because I read a review in the Los Angeles Times about an exhibit being held at the house. While I was there the docent stated that the house is often used for exhibits.
This sign is at the entrance to the driveway that leads down to the house.
It’s a very low key entrance with a dirt driveway.
This is the entrance to the house. I didn’t get a good picture of this elevation so this image is from a book called, RM SCHINDLER Composition and Contruction by Lionel March and Judith Sheine. [Judith Sheine has written a number of books on Schindler. She’s a Schindler expert. I actually spoke with her when I toured this house the first time. She’s very nice and urged me to buy one of the Schindler House tote bags which I did.] Back to this image. See that wooden overhang. That’s an outdoor sleeping porch.
The door from the other side.
This is a view from approximately where the city sidewalk is (edged by the bamboo) in the 2nd photograph. The sleeping porch would be back a bit and above the concrete structure on the right.
This continues the hedge from the previous photograph. You can see another sleeping porch above that concrete square. There are canvas flaps hanging down.
Here is an interior shot. This is part of Schindler’s studio. Originally, Schindler lived here with his wife, Pauline, as man and wife but eventually after a falling out between the two, Pauline took one side of the house and Schindler took the other side. They then locked the door that connected the two sides together. It’s sounds like a strained living situation.
This sign is above the table in the previous photograph.
The room empty and not dressed.
This gives you an idea of what the house looks like when an exhibit isn’t going on and it’s all dressed up for pictures. This image is from R.M. Schindler 10 Casas (Revista Internacional de Arquitectura 2G).
I went up to one of the sleeping porches and found the idea, in theory, cool but later I told the docent I would be afraid I would wake up in the middle of the night and find a possum or skunk staring at me. The docent said that would be part of the charm of the sleeping porch. We obviously have different ideas of charm. When I think of charm I think of Cary Grant. These stairs led down to the main house from the sleeping porch. I can’t imagine going down these steps at night if I had to go to the bathroom.
When you walk up those stairs (in the previous photograph) to the sleeping porch this is what you see. In this photo my head is eye level with the floor.
Why I would be interested in the bathroom is beyond me but here is the sink. Notice the 4 hot and cold white porcelain handles. When you enter the bathroom the first thing you see is this sink. There is a mirror above the sink.
This is the bathtub. I suspect the window in the tub wouldn’t bother me. Notice that the baths fixtures are in the previous photo.
The end of the tub and the toilet.
The exhibit at the Schindler House was for this guy, Tony Greene. I had never heard of him. Here is a link to a review of the show in the LA TIMES:
It was not what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be like this:
This is a Portrait of Joseph Pembauer by Gustav Klimt done in 1890.
Everybody’s favorite secessionist Gustav Klimt.
Instead it was this:
I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to art exhibits and it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I really need to stop having preconceived notions in my head about these things.
My book, The Odd Fellows, was released on December 16, 2013.
March, L. & Sheine, J. (Eds.). (1993). RM Schindler: composition and construction. London: Academy Editions.