W. E. Oliver House
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Architect Rudolf M. Schindler
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Location Los Angeles, California   map
Date 1934   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System wood frame, stucco, metal sash
Climate mild desert
Context suburban, hillside
Style Modern


Discussion W. E. Oliver House Commentary

"[The] William Oliver house, Los Angeles, 1933. Built on a hillside lot, the house had a wood stud frame which was modified to permit a wider use of large glass areas. It was built at a cost of $4 per square foot. The living room was furnished with Schindler's unit furniture, which could be assembled in a variety of combinations. Schindler felt that furniture should merge with the house, leaving the room free to express its form."

—Esther McCoy. Five California Architects. p170.

The Creator's Words

"Once an architect begins to worry about tying things down and about correct spacings, he arrives only at formal harmonies, and these have little to do with living."

—Rudolph M. Schindler. Esther McCoy. Five California Architects. p173-175.


Built: 1933cost: $6400.00 floor area: 1600 square feet

Sources on W. E. Oliver House

Edward Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-06121-X. exterior photo, f10.31, constrcution section at window, f10.32, p309.   Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at

Esther McCoy. Five California Architects. Los Angeles: Hennessey + Ingalls, 1987. photo of interior, p170. photo of exterior, p170.

Esther McCoy. Five California Architects. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1960. ISBN 0-275-46690-6. LC 74-19818. NA730.C2m3 1975. p170, 171, 173-175.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about W. E. Oliver House


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