Sea Shore, Santa Monica

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Schindler House, West Hollywood 1921-22

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If you believe what you read…

The Schindler-Chace house is considered one of Rudolph Schindler’s greatest works and the first built modern residence. This architectural gem should not be overlooked.

The Schindler-Chace house, located on North Kings Road in West Hollywood, was designed by Rudolph M. Schindler as a live-work space for the architect and his wife along with another couple, Clyde and Marian Chace. Schindler came to Los Angeles in 1920 to supervise the design details and construction of the Hollyhock House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, for Aline Barnsdall. There, he established an architectural practice and settled in the King Street home in 1922.

Kathryn Smith’s monograph, “Schindler House” is an excellent resource for a more in-depth look at the cooperative live/work space.

Architect Rudolph M. Schindler (1887-1953)

Rudolph Schindler was a native Austrian and graduated with an architectural degree from the Imperial Technical University in Vienna in 1911. Schindler joined the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 1910, which was under the direction of Otto Wagner. Wagner was renowned for his part in the Vienna Succession artist group, which rejected the confines of traditional art and architecture. At the Academy, Schindler met Richard Neutra and the two architects would become lifelong colleagues and rivals.

Schindler moved to the United States to work as an architect in 1914 after being introduced to, and enamored with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Following his commission for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, Wright hired Schindler to oversee his American projects operated out of his Oak Park studio in Chicago. In 1920, Wright sent Schindler to Los Angeles to oversee the construction of the Hollyhock House . In Los Angeles., Schindler began taking on private commissions, one of which was his own home on North Kings Road.

Rudolph Schindler is best known for his private residence design, particularly his Kings Road residence and the Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach, CA. While his designs were relatively unnoticed during his lifetime, Schindler’s work is now recognized as a significant contribution to 20th-century modern architecture.


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Killer Dana

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Until 1966, when the harbour was built, ‘Killer’ Dana was one of the best surfing spots in southern California. All the big names surfed here including Phil Edwards, Hobie Alter, Whitey Harrison and even Miki Dora. A time capsule lodged in a breakwater boulder is said to contain a Doc Ball photo of the crew paddling out in one of the last sessions in late 1966, due to be unearthed fifty years later in August 2016.

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