Rudolph M. Schindler (1887-1953): Kings Road house


The 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.


Schindler, R. M., (Rudolph M. ), 1887-1953, architect


R. M. Schindler papers, Architecture & Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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Kings Road House- exterior view
Exterior photograph of house at 835 Kings Road, Los Angeles, Calif. taken shortly after construction. At the time it was built, the area was unincorporated, now it is in the heart of West Hollywood, surrounded by large apartment buildings. The…

Kings Road House- under construction
Two men are shown hoisting a poured concrete slab into place using a pulley system on the partially completed house. The tilt-slab construction system was invented by architect Irving Gill, and modified by Schindler so that only two people are needed…

Kings Road House- interior view towards garden
Photograph of the sliding door leading out into the patio garden. It highlights the soffit and exposed beams of the roof, and the wide opening created by the sliding glass and wood door. The concept of indoor/outdoor living is showcased with chairs…

Kings Road House- floor plan
Floor plan of the house showing the unusual arrangement of rooms. Instead of the usual living room, dining room, and bedrooms, this plan shows the four live/work spaces for Schindler, his wife Pauline, Clyde Chace, and his wife Marian Chace. Each…

Kings Road House- elevations
Graphite and colored pencil drawings of exterior elevations and sections. This drawing shows the front, rear, and side elevations, as well as the section views. It also has an exterior rendering of the house in the lower right-hand corner of the…

Kings Road House- details
Full size detail construction plan showing typical joints for constructing walls. This drawing shows the exact dimensions of how each piece of wood or other material is connected to form the walls, windows, doors, and frames of the house.

Kings Road House- blueprint
Blueprint showing floor plan and plot plan. This image outlines all of the rooms of the house, the sunken gardens, patios, flower beds, and tree placement in the garden.

Kings Road House- Schindler and Neutra
A photograph of Rudolph Schindler (right), with Richard Neutra (left), and Dionne Neutra with child (seated), in front of the Kings Road house. The Neutra's lived in the house from 1925 until 1930.

Kings Road House- interior with fireplace
Interior view of one of the live/work spaces. The fireplaces were the only heat source in the house. All of the furniture was designed by Schinder specifically for this house.

Kings Road House- exterior elevation
Working drawing of exterior of house, showing the slab walls, garden, horizontal window areas, and 'sleeping basket' on the roof. Drawing also contains original sketching and notes.
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