Schindler, Kings Road, and Southern California Modernism

November 13, 2012

Meet the authors of
Schindler, Kings Road, and Southern California Modernism
at a book signing

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6 – 8 PM

Schindler House
835 N. Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Cover of Schindler, Kings Road, and Southern California Modernism by Robert Sweeney and Judith Sheine (University of California Press), 2012. © UC Press / Tim Sakamoto

Robert Sweeney
President, Friends of the Schindler House

Judith Sheine
Architect, Professor and Chair, Cal Poly Pomona
and V.P., Friends of the Schindler House

Mark Mack
Architect and Professor, UCLA

Tim Sakamoto
Architect and Photographer

This event is free and open to the public

About the book
From the UC Press – 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 authors
Robert Sweeney, an independent historian, is President, Friends of the 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.

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House is principally located at 835 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood. Public hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM-6 PM. Regular admission is $7/$17 with guidebook, Schindler By MAK; students and seniors, $6/$16 with book; free for Friends of the MAK Center and on Fridays, 4-6 PM. Parking is available at the public structure at the northeast corner of Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard.

For further information please visit or call (323) 651-1510.

Become a Friend of the MAK Center

Leave a Reply