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Intensive archival and on-site research guided a restoration of this five-unit apartment building by architect Rudolph Schindler.

Bubeshko Apartments

Bubeshko Apartments

  • Intensive archival and on-site research guided a restoration of this five-unit apartment building by architect Rudolph Schindler.

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    Intensive archival and on-site research guided a restoration of this five-unit apartment building by architect Rudolph Schindler.

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    Grant Mudford

    Intensive archival and on-site research guided a restoration of this five-unit apartment building by architect Rudolph Schindler.

  • Returned to its original color scheme, this apartment closely approximates how Schindler's work appeared in the 1940s.

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    Returned to its original color scheme, this apartment closely approximates how Schindler's work appeared in the 1940s.

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    Grant Mudford

    Returned to its original color scheme, this apartment closely approximates how Schindler's work appeared in the 1940s.

  • Wood and plywood surfaces were stained with Japan colors and rubbed with beeswax for a matte finish.

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    Wood and plywood surfaces were stained with Japan colors and rubbed with beeswax for a matte finish.

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    Wood and plywood surfaces were stained with Japan colors and rubbed with beeswax for a matte finish.

  • The interior restoration highlights Schindler's artful use of commonplace materials.

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    The interior restoration highlights Schindler's artful use of commonplace materials.

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    Grant Mudford

    The interior restoration highlights Schindler's artful use of commonplace materials.

  • After more than 60 years of use, the apartments were worn but not irretrievably altered

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    After more than 60 years of use, the apartments were worn but not irretrievably altered

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    After more than 60 years of use, the apartments were worn but not irretrievably altered

  • The restored exterior with original sculptural screens by artist Gordon Newell.

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    The restored exterior with original sculptural screens by artist Gordon Newell.

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    The restored exterior with original sculptural screens by artist Gordon Newell.

  • Careful excavation of paint layers uncovered Schindler's original palette.

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    Careful excavation of paint layers uncovered Schindler's original palette.

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    Careful excavation of paint layers uncovered Schindler's original palette.

  • Schindler's original section drawings and a current section keyed to stain colors.

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    Schindler's original section drawings and a current section keyed to stain colors.

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    Schindler's original section drawings and a current section keyed to stain colors.

  • The project's floor plans

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    The project's floor plans

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    The project's floor plans.

dsh, los angeles

In restoring this two-building apartment complex by the Southern California modernist Rudolph Schindler, architect Eric Haas, AIA, drew two very lucky cards. While worn and altered, the original buildings were essentially intact. More remarkable, one of the original owners, who had developed the property starting in 1938, was still alive. The owner’s memories—along with original drawings and project files—led Haas in a restoration that’s both correct and sympathetic to Schindler’s spirit of practicality and economy.

Haas investigated the subtle, muted color schemes unique to each of the five apartments, experimenting with shellac and Japan colors to restore Schindler’s trademark stained plywood surfaces. The latter were rubbed with beeswax, Haas says, because “Schindler generally hated anything shiny.”

Our judges praised Haas’ fidelity to the original, deeming his approach “almost archaeological.” The result turns the clock back 70 years, “and for a very modest $30 per square foot.”


Project Credits
principal in charge / project architect: Eric Haas, AIA, DSH, www.dsharc.com
general contractor: Owner, Los Angeles; landscape designer: Thaya duBois, Studio City, Calif.
project size: 5,020 square feet
site size: 0.28 acre
construction cost: $30 per square foot
photography: Grant Mudford

Product Details
bathroom fittings: Speakman Co. www.speakmancompany.com; bathroom fixtures: American Standard www.americanstandard-us.com; cooktop: Thermador www.thermador.com; countertops: Dal-Tile Corp. www.daltile.com], Yemm & Hart www.yemmhart.com; dishwashers: ASKO North America www.askousa.com, Jade Appliances www.jadeappliances.com; flooring(ceramic tile/stone/concrete): American Universal Corp. auc-tile.com, Dal-Tile Corp. www.daltile.com; flooring (linoleum): Armstrong World Industries www.armstrong.com; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Schlage Lock Co. www.schlage.com; hvac equipment: Cadet Manufacturing www.cadetco.com, Gordon R. Williams Corp. www.williamshvac.com; lighting fixtures: Besa Lighting Co. www.besalighting.com; ovens/ranges: Bosch Home Appliances www.bosch-home.com, Thermador www.thermador.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co. www.benjaminmoore.com, T.J. Ronan Paint Corp. www.ronanpaints.com; refrigerators: Avanti Products www.avantiproducts.com, Fisher & Paykel Appliances usa.fisherpaykel.com

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