This 2-bedroom, 981 square foot house was originally designed by Rudolf M. Schindler in 1939. The house, sited on a 5,400 square-foot lot in Inglewood, is one of three single-story plaster-façade homes by Schindler on West Ellis Avenue and in 71 years the house had only had two owners.
By the time architect Steven Ehrlich stumbled on the forgotten house by the midcentury master in Inglewood, it seemed almost beyond saving homes.”
Los Angeles Magazine
The design intention was to honor and conserve the vocabulary of Schindler’s work, while adding modern amenities for contemporary living. The home is an articulated flat-roofed box, with clerestory windows and large panels of glass bringing in light and opening interior spaces to the garden.
Many interior elements, including much of the built-in furniture and storage space, were salvaged and restored. The original brick and plaster fireplace was meticulously restored and once again serves as the natural focal point of the living room.
Extensive landscaping ties together the front yard with the neighboring Schindler-designed home to foster a sense of shared space.
Schindler on Ellis Avenue
Joel Bell + Onna Ehrlich
Shramek Building Co. - General Contractor Hammerschmidt & Lidow, Landscape Design - Landscape Bill Gonzales/David Silverman& Associates, Inc – Lighting
2012Chicago Athenaeum: American Architecture Award