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Dancing with architecture: Schindler and San Diego!

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 22, 2013 01:03 AM
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by bubba of the bubbles ( last modified Aug 21, 2013



I was real excited to visit Pueblo Ribera Court, the solitary R.M. Shindler in the San Diego area. Designed in 1923, Schindler used poured in place concrete to create 12 units, each with ocean views and private patios. Only six survive. None are open to the public, but I was able to get some good photographs (including one over the fence...). 

I spoke to a fellow that had just moved next door and was in his yard cutting up boxes. “We call that the Pueblo!” he yipped. Turned out he lived in one of the units for two years in the mid-sixties and still had a buddy living there from back in those times. He said that the Pueblo was “clearly not built as a permanant structure”, which is ironic since it was (Schindler started off loathing “traditional” American construction techniques, preferring the solidity and timelessness of concrete)

Beautiful place.

Some photos of the treasures behind those walls here, here, and (oh my!) here.

Around the back and up the alley, there’s a new structure clearly influenced by Pueblo Rivera.




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