Thursday, February 22, 2007
Glendale, California: Tours are offered on Saturdays for the Rodriguez House (1940-42) which is one of R. M. Schindler's least-altered designs. The setting is verdant and idyllic (there are even ducks quacking across the street) and Schindler shows he's no bohemian when it comes to a major commission. Here the house floats with articulated ribs in a classic L-shape, resting on stone veneer massing and, at the front, pure air. Superbly restored and maintained, the soaring bright interior spaces have exceptional built-ins, and outside, the landscaping sweeps up through and around the architecture.