Win Tickets to See Schindler’s Lovell Beach House!

If you love architecture, you will know the feeling of yearning to visit a remarkable building that you have seen in photographs but cannot experience in the flesh.

For many years that has been the case for R.M. Schindler’s  Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach,

But now, you very well may just be able to enjoy such a rare opportunity.

KCRW’s DnA Blog has three pairs of tickets to give away to an Open House Tour – This SUNDAY Oct. 16!

Just comment below with a sentence describing a building that has deeply inspired you.

Writers of the three randomly selected comments will each get a pair of tickets. (Make sure to drop your email in the appropriate box when you comment. We won’t share it.)

The house is an experiment in concrete structure and progressive living built in the mid-1920s for the naturopath Dr. Phillip Lovell and his educator wife, Leah Press Lovell. It remains in the Lovell family and has been off-limits for years, but will be open to the public for one day, this Sunday, October 16, for tours of the house and talks about it.

The event is sponsored by the MAK Center, to coincide with its current show, Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy (more on that below). It is open to the public and you can purchase tickets here.

The Lovell House was brilliantly described by Esther McCoy in her seminal book, Five California Architects.  McCoy, a onetime novelist and left-wing activist who single-handedly put California’s pioneering, and Modernist, architects on the map with her lucid writings, had a particularly acute understanding of Schindler’s process because she had once worked as a draughtsperson in his King’s Road office.

Now she is the subject of a long overdue show, the MAK Center’s Esther McCoy: Sympathetic Seeing, one of the design shows under the umbrella of Pacific Standard Time and to my mind, the perfect kind of show: manageable in scale, situated in context (in the King’s Road Schindler House, where she had once worked) and full of small revelations — from her descriptions of Schindler’s self-cut hair to a play-by-play of her efforts to save the Dodge House to her writings on union struggles and of course her matchless, clear writing about buildings she lauded. Of Schindler, for example, she share such insights as, “He was out of context with the resolve of the Depression, a time in which the machine and machined objects were a moral imperative. Schindler never expressed determination (concrete) without tempering it with fancy (wood).”

Sunday’s event will feature a line-up of speakers (listed below, and including yours truly) who will discuss both Schindler and Esther McCoy. It will also be a day at the beach so bring friends and family, and hope to see you there!


  • Thom Andersen, Filmmaker, Professor of Film and Video at CalArts
  • Frances Anderton, Writer, Host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture, Los Angeles Editor of Dwell magazine
  • John Crosse, Historian of Southern California Architecture
  • Jocelyn Gibbs, Curator of Architecture and Design Collection at Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB
  • Greg Goldin, Architecture Critic
  • Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
  • Craig Hodgetts, Architect
  • Barbara Lamprecht, Architectural Historian
  • Sylvia Lavin, Architectural Historian, Director of MA/PhD Program in Critical Studies at UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design
  • Mark Mack, Architect, Professor at UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design
  • Andrea Lenardin Madden, Architect, 1996 MAK Center Architect in Residence
  • Susan Morgan, Writer, Co-curator with MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer of Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design.
  • Judith Sheine, Professor and Chair of Architecture Department at Cal Poly Pomona, Architect, Author of numerous books on R.M. Schindler
  • Paulette Singley, Architectural Historian, Professor at the School of Architecture at Woodbury University
  • Linda Taalman, Architect, Professor at the School of Architecture at Woodbury University
  • Wim de Wit, Head of the Department of Architecture & Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute

UPDATE: The following comments were selected (using out of the 42 comments that were left by 3pm Friday afternoon! Congrats to winners, we will contact you via email. Also, THANK YOU so much to everyone for sharing your inspirations! We really enjoyed the response! It’s so great

Coment #4 by Alexei Klein
I’m not sure it qualifies as a building so much as a structure, but I’ve always loved the famous torii gate in itsukushima, japan (and the surrounding buildings are neat as well).

Comment #22 by LeAnn Slough
Edinburgh Castle…well any castle really, but I love this one in particular

Comment #38 by Riding Green
The Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA, which was designed by architect Bruce Goff, is one of Los Angeles’ hidden treasures. The building unique openness and continual flow as you transcend levels inspires me to feel awake and vibrant. I have often dreamed of mimicking this design into a residential unit that naturally lends itself to the incorporation of passive design features.

  • The Walt Disney Concert hall never ceases to amaze and inspire me when I visit Downtown Los Angeles

  • Gideon Brower

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, in Pennsylvania, is the most beautiful residence I've seen.

  • Milwaukee took flight when Santiago Calatrava came to town.

  • Alexei Klein

    I'm not sure it qualifies as a building so much as a structure, but I've always loved the famous torii gate in itsukushima, japan (and the surrounding buildings are neat as well).

  • B.H.

    My house, built with my own hands and with many others alongside me….continues to be a canvas that reflects the experiences of love, joy, heartache and celebration that occur in this life. I have a new appreciation for every structure I see and the history that is contained within.

  • Marvin

    I never tire of visiting the Gamble House in Pasadena. The passion and artistry are evident over a hundred years later.

  • Heidi Knack

    The Rookery building in Chicago.

  • ray

    The Seattle Space Needle for the clear lines and the porportioanal size of the structure.
    I liked it much better before they added the mid level restaurant in the 80's,

  • My family's weekend house in the Austrian alps. My mother designed all of it, from the oven to the bath tub to the table. When I first saw the parcel that they wanted to build it on I had to advise them that no house could be built on such steep slope. I was 6.

  • Juan P

    Wasn't it designed by Richard Neutra?

  • Juan P

    ok i take this back it is the beach house they are talking about. my bad.

  • Casa Batlló: A master piece of architecture. The building goes beyond using modern technology to provide solutions to structural, light, and ventilation problems; it uses organic solutions found in nature: paraboloids to carry gravity loads and fish like gills to allow flow of air and light . Besides being being a technologically advance structure, the buildings provides a decorative piece of art using colors, shapes, and materials.

  • Josh McIntosh

    Mmm, reminds me more of a bunker from WW2.

  • Ryan

    The Villa Savoye by Corbusier. Built contemporaneously to this building and the two together exemplify modern architectural syntax.

  • Melissa

    Frank Lloyd Wrights Talesin

  • Maureen

    The Getty Villa: A touch of Europe in California. It always makes me feel like I have escaped from city life .

  • Katherine Yi

    The Center for the Arts in Havana, Cuba. Most of the buildings have fallen to decay but they are still stunning examples of thin shell concrete architecture that is simply poetic.

  • Sabrina Beneroso

    Iglesia Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. I find this building extraordinary. Imponent, yet the warmest church I’ve ever visitited. Unlike most temples, sagrada familia is very inviting, full of light, colors, and nature inspired decorations that make the visitor feel comfortable and welcome.

  • Tiran

    As a kid my mom drove through the canyons and explained about the houses. I love mid century design and contemporary / modern also industrial. Considering I just turned 8 years old I think I still have a lot to learn.
    Participated with mom’s permitton. Thank you.

  • mike hatfield

    I tell anyone who will listen: "Visit Schindler's Kings Road house every six months for the rest of your life…and maybe someday you'll understand it."

  • I recently got to visit Shanghai's 1933 Abattoir – it was like walking through an M. C. Escher infinity stair drawing! Art Deco slaughterhouse madness converted into high-end chinese retail. THAT is flexible architecture. 🙂

  • LeAnn Slough

    Edinburgh Castle…well any castle really, but I love this one in particular

  • Natasha Zarate

    The Eric Owen Moss staircase at Hayden where my brink of photography began. This structure has inspired me greatly and developed a creative process which included thoughts of time spent in Germany to the years I resided in South Central L.A. I captured the stages of development up until completion yet didn’t find necessary to research who designed it. It was until three days after I was accepted to a foundation in architecture program at Sci-Arc (EOM Director)…everything fell into place.

  • Kim

    At the risk of sounding trite, Disney Hall, it increases my Angeleno pride and I love attending concerts there.

  • A. S.

    Renzo Piano’s academy of sciences is not just a building, but an experience. My time there was filled with wonder and joy.

  • Randy Faveau

    My own house has been the biggest inspiration! Although, just a square, brick house, its engineering of being built on a hill in 1949 is nothing short of miraclous. We have utilized both modern and vintage touches to make our home contemporary while still keeping its mid-century bones strongly intact.

  • Philip Dixon's original home in Venice, CA by the great Brian Murphy. Simple, clean and perfectly designed for the location it's in (at least the way Venice was in the 80's.)

  • Though it isn't truly a building, my vote is for Baldwin Hills Village (Village Green), a nearly 70 acre community. Opening in 1941, the Village (where I live) was thoughtfully planned using both the art and science of design to be a new paradigm for modern, planned housing.

    Most importantly, buildings and landscape were designed at the same time, ensuring an organic and cohesive plan, meant to foster community with very livable, high-quality apartments, set amidst expansive landscaped grounds, at low density and at relatively low cost.

    And the Village still functions as a thriving community, in the best sense of the word.

  • The Schindler house on Kings Road makes you feel like you are entering a "different time" when really it's from "our time" – the low ceilings and small bespoke furniture mystify and delight! Bigger isn't always better.

  • michiel

    The van Ars church in the Hague by Aldo van Eyck is nothing short of a divine example of modern architecture, i'd say..

  • Carren Jao

    It is definitely the Watts Towers. The towers feel like LA's secret gem because so many people know it's there but perhaps never get to see it.

    Pictures don't do the towers justice…it's changing volumes as you walk around the space, the little pieces that were attached to it, the combination of concrete and wire. It's all the work of one man, who was hardly 5 feet tall too. It truly is amazing to see what the single-minded work of one man can accomplish.

    The towers is also dramatic for its location in a troubled neighborhood. In a way, I'm beginning to think it is appropriate for it to be there. It's more than a landmark, but a symbol of the human spirit. Eudaimonia, I suppose.

  • drea k.

    los angeles is blessed with some amazing frank lloyd wright homes. i especially enjoy looking out at the ennis home from the park around the hollyhock house.

  • Janet karick

    The Masonic temple at Hollywood forever..such beautiful lines,history of the working man .you can see concerts here which I did..truly beautiful

  • raq

    The Narkomfin Apartment Complex – Moisei Ginzburg

  • Sandra Gonzalez

    The residence that inspired me (and does to this day) the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. No matter how you describe it, it’s a piece of architectural design whose influence can still be felt today.

  • Barry Saperstein

    R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra were both proteges of Frank Lloyd Wright. Phillip Lovell (Morris Saperstein), my uncle, contracted Schindler and Neutra to build an office building in downtown L.A., the Lovell Health House in Los Feliz, and the beach house in Newport. I was in awe of the beach house when I visited it many years ago as a child, but the most inspiring of the buildings was the Lovell Health House. I was able to visit this house in the 70's, many years after my uncle sold the residence. Both the beach house and the Health House have concrete with wood trim, recessed lighting, and large, airy rooms. It would be a real treat to win tickets and visit the beach house once again.

  • Neutra's Kronish. The signature "spider legs", tragic and heroic under peeling paint and wrenching negligence, wrapped quite firmly around my sensibilities a few months back! Vacant and essentially held for ransom, it's still more beautiful than others which exist complacently and without regard to surroundings and experience. After campaigning hard for salvation, its pending demolition just breaks my heart. But I'll take from it a forever changed perspective of architecture, and renewed convictions in art, beauty, form, and function.

  • The Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA, which was designed by architect Bruce Goff, is one of Los Angeles' hidden treasures. The building unique openness and continual flow as you transcend levels inspires me to feel awake and vibrant. I have often dreamed of mimicking this design into a residential unit that naturally lends itself to the incorporation of passive design features.

  • Although I have been interested in architecture for a long time, The Million Dollar Theater, which I had not seen until about a year ago stands out to me. Going inside was like taking a vacation back to a time that was at once familiar and inconceivable to me.

  • Frances Anderton

    Thank you so much for these comments! I agree with so many of these choices. The winners of the tix for the Lovell Beach House will be picked randomly tomorrow (Friday) but I'd love to do something on a future DnA show about buildings that inspire so let's keep the conversation going.

  • Deana Winters

    It would be like visiting inside the mind of one of the greatest visionaries of our time…

  • stacy klotzsche

    As an LA native i watched the entire progress of the Walt Disney concert hall being built. It was an amazing time, I even had the opportunity to walk amongst the skeleton of the building in the early days of construction, and it marks the renaissance of DTLA for me. Now every time I see that structure I feel inspired to create.

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