The Tischler House – A Romantic and Historic Home in Westwood by Rudolph Schindler

When the city of Los Angeles declared The Tischler House a historic monument in 1991, owner and artist Adolph Tischler wrote a love letter to the architectural masterpiece for the Los Angeles Times detailing the conception of the home, the unwavering vision of its architect Rudolph Schindler, and the many trials and tribulations construction faced. As Tischler wrote, “According to Schindler, it took 20 years for a house to be finished. He was right, for our house anyway.”


175 Greenfield Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Price: $1,700,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 1950
Square Feet: 1,271


In 1947, Tischler and his wife Beatrice commissioned Schindler to design a house for their steep hillside lot, and the architect responded with an unusual, almost sculptural building that steps up the slope in levels. At once part of, and thrusting out from the hill, the Tischler house’s unpredictable angles and vertical scope make it stand out from its conventional residential neighborhood, and clearly mark it as a late Schindler design beloved by its original owner and observers alike.


Now on the market for the first time since its completion in 1950, the three bedroom, three bathroom home presents a unique and rare opportunity to own a storied and historically significant Schindler in Southern California. The main living space opens to a private garden, a studio/4th bedroom and bathroom with a separate entrance, and features original built-in and free-standing furniture.


Despite many setbacks and even a petition by neighbors to halt construction, Tischler believed in Schindler’s genius design and saw the project to completion even after Schindler’s death in 1953. He remembers fondly of the home’s early quirks, “the only way to keep dry was to use an umbrella inside the house.” Being a metalsmith himself, Tischler fixed the home’s shortcomings and left his own expert touches throughout.


His letter to the LA Times was titled, “Faith Pays Off,” and he writes, “When all was said and done, we had something really special. The house stands today as a strong architectural statement with timeless beauty.”


Tischler and Beatrice raised their children in the home and loved it so much they lived there for over 50 years. One of his daughters said in an interview that he often referred to the house as his “favorite child.” If you’re lucky enough to tour this romantic, historic home you will see exactly why he felt such immense pride and joy for it.


To tour this home, or find other available historic landmark homes by notable mid-century architects, call me at (323) 697-3040 or email me at jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com.

Listing provided courtesy of Ilana Gafni, Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

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One Response to “The Tischler House – A Romantic and Historic Home in Westwood by Rudolph Schindler”

  1. Sandra Melton says:

    Is this home available to tour? My son is an architect from NYC visiting and we would love to see it! 805.279.4565

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