Schindler on Ellis Avenue

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.

Schindler on Ellis Avenue

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

Schindler on Ellis Avenue

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.

Schindler on Ellis Avenue

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.

Schindler on Ellis Avenue
Schindler on Ellis Avenue
Schindler on Ellis Avenue
Schindler on Ellis Avenue

Extensive landscaping ties together the front yard with the neighboring Schindler-designed home to foster a sense of shared space.

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  • Schindler on Ellis Avenue
  • Inglewood, CA
  • Joel Bell + Onna Ehrlich
  • 2010
  • 981 sf
  • Shramek Building Co. - General Contractor
    Hammerschmidt & Lidow, Landscape Design - Landscape
    Bill Gonzales/David Silverman& Associates, Inc – Lighting
  • Grant Mudford
  • Dave Lauridsen
  • 2012 Chicago Athenaeum: American Architecture Award
  • Los Angeles Business Council Architecture Awards
  • Residential Architect Design Awards
  • 2011 AIA|California Council Merit Award
  • 2010 AIA|Los Angeles Citation Award
  • California Preservation Foundation Design Award
  • 2015 Houzz
  • 2014 Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2010 Architects Newspaper
  • Architectural Record
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