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Esther McCoy (1904 - 1989) was one of the few voices in Forties journalism to champion modern architecture in the city Los Angeles. Sadly, the common thinking among too many critics and editors at the time held that "Gomorrah-Sur-la-Mer" could only to be relied upon for innovations like Cobb Salad and valet parking - but McCoy recognized that the city's dramatic quality of light and odd lunar landscape combined to create fertile ground for modern architecture. Unlike other like-minded critics and historians who discovered the city in later decades, such as Reyner Banham, McCoy came to know the Viena-trained architect Rudolph Schindler, who is the subject of this 1945 article.

The image posted above is that of the Schindler House (1922) in West Hollywood.

From Amazon: Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader

From Amazon: Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies by Reyner Banham

     


Architect Rudolf Schindler (Direction Magazine, 1945)

Architect Rudolf Schindler (Direction Magazine, 1945)

Architect Rudolf Schindler (Direction Magazine, 1945)

Architect Rudolf Schindler (Direction Magazine, 1945)

Architect Rudolf Schindler (Direction Magazine, 1945)

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