PRINT May 2001

Roy McMakin

MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH A SCHINDLER structure was as a student in La Jolla, California, in the late ’70s. Exploring the coastal red estate of my new community, I stopped my red VW Bug and got out to stare at something completely bewildering. The structure in front of me appeared at once ancient and of the future. What was this thing (house? building? stage set? outdated transfer station?) doing in a jumble of white clapboard beach cottages and ’60s lanai apartments? It seemed to be simultaneously rising from and dissolving back into the sandy beach cliffs down the block.

Within days I bought my first Guide to Architecture in Los Angeles and Southern California. It became my constant driving buddy. I learned that what I had bumped into was Pueblo Ribera, Schindler’s mid-’20s foray in concrete and his famous experiment in inside/outside oceanfront living. I also learned that certain aspects

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