SAH/SCC Tour & Talk
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
SAH/SCC Life Members and Patrons are invited to a very special afternoon at the Presburger Residence (R. M. Schindler, 1945) in Studio City. An Historic Cultural Monument for the City of Los Angeles, the Presburger Residence is undergoing restoration after years of alterations by previous owners.
The Viennese-born master architect designed the building in 1945, and saw construction completed in 1947. The house used the “Schindler Frame”—a method of design using modular units of framing construction. Esther McCoy described the system as “a cellarless, rambling low-story building with its floor extending without steps into the garden; full-height glass walls with large sliding doors on the patio side under ample overhangs; a flat, shed roof with clerestory windows; a solid back wall for privacy and movable partitions for flexibility.”
Noted architectural historian David Gebhard described the importance of the Presburger as a template for post-war California: “By the early fifties innumerable variations on the Presburger House began to appear on builders’ lots throughout California.”
Hear about the history of the residence and the challenges of restoring this architectural jewel.
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