Kurt Helfrich on the work of architect Rudolph M. Schindler…

Design for a beach house, California, for Rupert R. Ryan, 1937

Design for a beach house, California, for Rupert R. Ryan, 1937
Designer: Rudolph M. Schindler
© RIBA Library Drawing and Archives Collections

This coloured presentation sketch by Rudolph M. Schindler (1887-1953) features an unrealised hillside home overlooking San Francisco Bay. Born in Vienna Schindler trained under Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos before moving to Chicago in 1914. There Schindler joined Frank Lloyd Wright’s office and was sent to Los Angeles in 1920. Schindler’s work was primarily residential and included concrete tilt-slab construction experiments as well as futuristic hillside homes, reflecting his advocacy of ‘Space Architecture’. Schindler’s designs were rediscovered with a traveling exhibition organised by U.C. Santa Barbara and hosted by institutions in the US and Europe. This drawing was included in the 1972 inaugural exhibit of the Heinz Gallery at Portman Place and is one of three drawings presented to the RIBA by Schindler’s family.

Dr Kurt G F Helfrich, CA
Chief Archivist and Collections Manager, British Architectural Library, RIBA

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