R.M. Schindlerâ€™s 1925 How House, in Silver Lake, California, is tucked away on a steep lot surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Dr. James How (AKA â€śThe Hobo Millionaireâ€ť) commissioned Schindler to create a house overlooking the train station for him and his family and employed Schindler to create additional rooms meant for travelers who wished to relax before train hopping. As a result, this four-bedroom, house has a separate entrance conveniently located next to two-small bedrooms. The How House characterizes Schindlerâ€™s early use of slab cast concrete bases, where the foundation of the house and bottom story is constructed of concrete. The house is comprised of cubical formations with wood and glass walls and horizontal beams that line the interior and exterior of the house.
Michael restored Schindlerâ€™s How House to a museum like quality and upon completion registered the house under the Mills Act as a Historic-Cultural Monument. The restoration includes, reclaiming the roof to the original flat- pitched roof that was indicated in the blue prints as well as replacing the original redwood wall panels. Drawing from Schindlerâ€™s notes on the color of the house, Michael reproduced plaster and stucco to Schindlerâ€™s specification. Bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchen where updated with modern appliances, custom made cabinetry, and the original custom-made linoleum tiles. Michael brought the houseâ€™s past into the present by adding a surround sound system and installed custom-made light fixtures appropriate to the time era throughout the house. Likewise, he ordained reproductions of the furniture Schindler designed specifically for the living room, dining room and study. Â Notations found during the restoration that Schindlerâ€™s onetime friend and competitor, Richard Neutra, designed the front garden of the house. Michael restored the front garden as well as re-landscaped the property with native vegetation. Michael added a new irrigation system and converted the house to solar energy. The house is now under the Mills Act as a Historic Cultural Monument.
Address: Los Angeles
Architect: R. M. Schindler
Collaboration: Richard Neutra designed the garden
Commissioned by: James Eads How
4 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms
Square Footage: 2,426 Â
Lot Size:Â 7,161.1 sq ft
Mills Act: November 2007
Historical-Cultural Monument: # 895
Restoration Duration: September 2006- June 2007
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