R. M. Schindler’s Gold Stucco Harry J. Wolff House Lists For $1.5M

  • Dwell | Kathryn M.
  • 08/2/19

Designed by pioneering architect R.M. Schindler, this Sherman Oaks, California, residence’s living areas are spread across almost 1,700 square feet with varying ceiling heights and window sizes that cleverly move light throughout the home.



The original golden stucco was restored by a previous homeowner. Schindler's "plaster skin" facade and experimentation with differing rooflines are distinct features of the design.

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On full display is also Schindler's signature "plaster skin" design, in which stucco and plaster, instead of concrete, surround a wooden frame. This approach lowered the construction costs, making his modern designs more inexpensive and attainable.



The spacious living room features full-length windows that create a connection with nature. Pink plaster walls were restored to their original condition, as were plywood built-ins.

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Last sold 15 years ago, the property is also a Los Angeles historic-cultural monument, providing it with significant property tax reductions related to the Mills Act. As the only Schindler home currently for sale, the meticulously restored home is bound to go fast.



The open floor plan leads into a large dining space and overlooks the kitchen through an interior glass pane. Different shades of pink are revealed with changing daylight conditions.

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In the dining room, Schindler's design combines multiple ceiling heights with a large window to direct natural light. Clerestory windows also extend around both sides of the space.

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Sunlight dramatically descends into the kitchen from additional clerestory windows. The space has been modernized with period-appropriate cabinetry and professional-grade appliances.

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Other features include a built-in dining booth set along an indoor picture window that overlooks the living room. Extensive window placements brighten the kitchen from all angles.

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Plays on different forms and shades of natural light continue throughout the two-bedroom home. This bedroom offers a wall of windows and raised ceilings.

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Both bathrooms include modern fixtures while retaining plywood cabinetry. A window extends above the vanity, framing an exterior view in lieu of a mirror.

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A lush oasis exists outside the residence, enclosed by thick bamboo plantings and shaded underneath the home's many overhangs.

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A previous homeowner recreated the open patio and breezeway according to Schindler's original plans. A koi pond with waterfall create an atmosphere of Zen.

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The extensive landscaping continues around the entire property, providing privacy among the city's busy streets while also drowning out ambient noise.

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4000 Sunnyslope Avenue is currently listed for $1,499,000 by Louis P. DeLaura III of Sotheby's International Realty. 

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