Lechner house RM Schindler

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Lechner house RM Schindler

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Thanks, Peter. Another success story in the annals of Schindler restoration ?


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A piece by Nancy Hass, published in the New York Times "Style Magazine," Sept 25, 2016.





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I met a former owner of this wonderful house. She went on about how much she loved the place and made no changes ... except this room .... and that room ... and this detail ... and on and on and on, until I wondered if there was any RMS remaining. The current owner is the sort all of these old houses need; she has done a terrific job.

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These two tiny realtor photos from 2008 show, if nothing else, the amount of white paint that had to be
removed. Sandblasting (which was mentioned) is a risky method, particularly on softwoods like fir, but
the results are gratifyingly free of disaster, it appears. If anything, the texture of the wood---soft grain vs
hard---has been enhanced (inevitably), bringing a quasi-Japanese quality to some of the surfaces, most
notably those matched-board ceilings...


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Here's the lead photo from the Times piece, and a detail of the same photo showing the worst of the sandblasting results...


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It's a pleasure to see Schindler's furniture reproduced. The photo immediately above, from "The Furniture of R M Schindler" (Marla C Berns, Ed.), presumably shows an original chair---
with or perhaps without its original upholstery and finish. It reveals a different construction to the central support element, compared to the Shamshiri reconstruction, as well as different seat and back thicknesses.

The nubby fabric of the new chairs replicates some textures found in the vintage photo, and the subtle colors of the restored interior (and exterior) are a blessing.

The ladder-like exterior bars of Schindler's original construction, framing the large window, survived at least to 2008, when the small photos were taken. The lower bars, which help explain the upper ones, are now missing.

Schindler's charming interior trellis, above the fireplace, is adorned with foliage in the early photo...

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There's something charming about the "scar-tissue" of that sandblasted ceiling, as if it's an expression of the home's arduous rehabilitation.

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Well---it is what it is, and not inappropriate to this architect's sometimes rough-and-ready construction. One thinks that the kind of finesse necessary
for the proper restoration of a fine Usonian---the kind of work we see from John Eifler's team, for instance---would, while no doubt appreciated by the
owner and the community, not be absolutely essential to the satisfactory revival of a typical Schindler structure ?

The reconstructed chairs, for instance: while it is clear that the original respected the natural symmetry inherent in the object, albeit at some additional
trouble or expense, it wouldn't surprise me to see Schindler himself resort to the method displayed in the repros, if he had been pressed for time---
or perhaps had simply decided that the direct and honest lapping of the two pieces represented a perfectly adequate and even appropriate solution...

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I'm not much interested in square footage, but I wonder if this is accurate:

"As the listing pointed out, the Lechner House is one of the largest designs in the architectural oeuvre of the Austria-born protege of Frank Lloyd Wright."

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The largest house by RMS is Rodakiewicz (1937, pp 152-5 in Judith Scheine's book) at 9121 Alto Cedro Drive in Beverly Hills, which, although still standing, has been enlarged and remodeled beyond recognition.

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