Los Angeles Architecture Tours: Kings Road House: Rudolf Schindler, 1921-1922

Rudolf Schindler’s Kings Road House, commonly referred to as the Schindler House or Schindler/Chace House, is perhaps the architect’s most important work and was his own dwelling from its completion in 1922 until the architect’s death in 1953.

Schindler was born and educated in Vienna, Austria, mentored by Adolf Loos, and moved to the United States in 1914 when he was 26 years old. Schindler actively sought out Frank Lloyd Wright as a second mentor and employer, but Wright, with little work and still grieving the Taliesin Tragedy, was unable to employ the young architect until 1918. Schindler first worked for Wright at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, assisting with plans for Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Schindler arrived in Los Angeles in 1920 on behalf of Wright to work on Hollyhock House for Aline Barsndall.

Kings Road House was Schindler’s first independent project in Los Angeles, designed and built after he left Wright’s office in 1921. Schindler’s House remains as one of the most influential modern houses of the 20th century, built on the concept of an indoor/outdoor lifestyle that, today, is omnipresent in Southern California.

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