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1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

Having been renovated, the 1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California is now up for sale.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

Quite the renovation job too. That was the work of Pamela Shamshiri, Design Principal of Studio Shamshiri, who has spent a decade bringing this place back to its best.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

That’s because the house was in a pretty poor state all those years ago. Richard Lechner and his wife had the house built in 1947, but he lost it in a divorce in the 1950s. Several owners subsequently came and went, each leaving their mark on it. Often, not for the better. Thankfully, those additions and ‘upgrades’ have now gone, with the house going back to its roots.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

In fact, if I didn’t know any better I would have this down as some kind of early midcentury modern time capsule at first glance. But once you look closer, you can see the work that has gone into it.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

Those finishes are a mix of the old brought back to life and the new in keeping with the original era. This isn’t an exercise in creating a museum piece, this is a house ‘completely returned to its original purpose and intention’.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

Described as a ‘walled and private retreat’, it’s a showcase for the architects’ signature use of ‘organic and earthen’ materials and like the Native American cave dwellings that influenced the architecture, there are wide views to nature from nearly every room.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

Most, if not all the space within benefits from natural light thanks to the extensive glazing used in this place, with large, rather angular open living spaces enhancing it further.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

So much use of wood too. Whether that’s for the beams above, the flooring below and all of the fixtures and furnishings within, not to mention the cladding on the walls. Love the built-in units too, especially the (very) functional storage and I can’t take my eye off the shiny, metallic fireplace in the living room.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

You can see why it took a decade to bring the house back up to standard. There’s an attention to detail here you rarely see in house renovations.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

But yes, it is a house and as such, you probably want to know if it works for you. Of course, much of that depends on the price (I’ll come to that), but also the amount of living space.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

That’s quite extensive, one of Schindler’s larger designs, taking in something like 3,500 sq. ft in total and with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

Of course, there is plenty of reception and recreation space within this house too, as well as a very long kitchen area and a library section book lovers can only dream about.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

This is also a pioneering midcentury modern home and like many that followed, blurring the lines between the inside and the outside. Just a step away from various parts of the house is terrace/patio space to take in the sunshine.

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

Of course, this amount of work on a house of pedigree doesn’t come cheap. The house has just been listed at $4,800,000.

Images and details courtesy of Compass. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

All photography courtesy of Anson Smart.

 

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California

 

1940s Rudolf Schindler-designed The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California
1940s Rudolf Schindler The Lechner House in Los Angeles, California