Rudolph M. Schindler (1887-1953): Kings Road house
Owning Institution: UC Santa Barbara, Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design and Architecture Museum
About this CollectionThe house at 835 Kings Road in Los Angeles, Calif. is considered to be one of the first 'modern' houses. It utilized concrete tilt-slab construction; Shindler built the house himself, by hand, along with his construction partner Clyde Chase. The layout of the house itself was also non-traditional-- built as a home for Schindler, his wife Pauline, and Clyde and Marian Chase, the house did not have a traditional living room or bedrooms, but contained four separate studio areas for each of the inhabitants. "Sleeping baskets" were later added to the roof as bedroom areas. This unconventional arrangement, as laid out on the original floor plans, met resistance from the Los Angeles building department, and Schindler had to change the room designations on the floor plans to conform to a more 'traditional' layout. But since Shindler and Chase built the house themselves, detailed construction documents were not used.
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