Schindler, Kings Road, and Southern California Modernism (Hardcover)

By Robert Sweeney, Judith Sheine, Mark Mack (Introduction by), Timothy Sakamoto (By (photographer))

University of California Press, 9780520271944, 112pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

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Today, R. M. Schindler’s Kings Road House is celebrated as an icon of early modern architecture, but this wasn’t the case when it was finished in 1922. Though Schindler and his wife Pauline recognized its genius early on, its radical appearance was—and remains—incomprehensible to many. Lavishly illustrated with forty-five new photographs, this book is an incisive examination of the house, placing it in the context of the architect’s career and clarifying its influence on modern architecture and its practitioners. Little-known aspects of Schindler’s life, his relationship with his mentors, and the development of his unique theories about space enrich the narrative.

Robert Sweeney focuses on the construction of the house and the people who lived, worked, and performed there, demonstrating the building’s significance in the social history of Southern California. He includes new research on Schindler’s educational and personal background in Vienna and a discussion of the critical influence of Pauline Schindler in formulating the social underpinnings of the house. Judith Sheine’s essay places the house in the context of Schindler’s career, in which it established the basis of the spatial development of his work. She also examines the influence of the house on the work of numerous architects from Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry.

About the Author

Robert Sweeney, an independent historian, is President, Friends of Schindler House. He is the author of Wright in Hollywood and Casa del Herrero. Judith Sheine, a practicing architect, is Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is the author of R. M. Schindler and R. M. Schindler: Works and Projects.

Praise For Schindler, Kings Road, and Southern California Modernism

“Little-known aspects of Schinder’s life, his relationship with his mentors, and the development of his unique theories about space enrich the narrative.”

— Architectural West

“The house is a radical watershed by any criterion. . . . Captures the play of light and shadow, and, above all, the building's intimacy with its setting.”

— Society Of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter

"The photographs are a feast for the eyes; the book as a whole offers a savory blend of views on southern

California living and architectural design."

— Merry Ovnick