Open House Obsession: Schindler’s Last Stand


Where: 1902 Myra Avenue, Franklin Hills/Los Feliz
When: Sunday, February 2 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
How Much: $1.149M
What: R.M. Schindler’s Schlessinger House, designed in 1952 but constructed after the architect’s death; the plans were revised and the construction supervised by John Reed, a young architecture student who had been working for Lloyd Wright and would go on to a successful practice in San Diego. Ironically– or perhaps romantically– the Shlessinger House looks out across the LA basin to Schindler’s first project, supervising the completion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Barnsdall House.

Even as late as the ’50s, this was radical stuff, with a complex, interlocking interior and folded surfaces– with materials that didn’t always hold up. The renovation was clearly a labor of love, and included adding a pergola in the back that Schindler designed but was which never built:

The very original looking kitchen:

One of the bedrooms:
The 2-bed, 2-bath house also includes a reconfigured service area, now an office:
More: There are extensive images of the house at the listing. For more information about R.M. Schindler, check out the MAK Centerfor John Reed go to Modern San Diego, plus Curbed LA’s readers’ comments on the house and its restoration are worth a look.