Sunday, January 29, 2012

AD #13 - West Hollywood

Today our adventure day was in West Hollywood.  I have been in this area many, many times before but didn't know about all the hidden gems this city has!  We bought a book a long time ago called Walking in LA.  We bought another book a few months ago when we started this whole adventure day thing that lists all the best things to see in Los Angeles.  We have been using these books to help plan our days.  Today was the first time we used one of the routes in the Walking in LA book.  There are 40 different routes in the book and they take you around different areas.  It gives you highlights and things to look at.  This route today started at the Schindler House and took us through West Hollywood.  I had the book with me and would read as we went.  It was really fun, though I looked like a total tourist!
The Schindler House was built in 1922 by Rudolph M. Schindler.  He was a well known modern architect from Austria.  This home is one of his most important works.  Two couples lived in the home and he had it divided into sections.  Each person had their own section, with a communal kitchen and bathrooms.  He also had it set up to where they didn't sleep in their "area", but there were two outside lofts where they would sleep.  Eventually, he realized this was no plausible with the rain and cold weather, so they ended up sleeping in their area.  Schindler wanted to be one with nature and made his home as open as possible.  We took a tour of the house and it was really fascinating.  He only used four materials when building his home: concrete, glass, canvas, and redwood.
 Historic Sign
 Every room had sliding doors made of canvas
 Each living space had it's own outside area
 The home is surrounded by bamboo 
 A view from the garden
 You can see the loft towards the back of the house
 The loft where they would sleep
 Another view from the loft
 The only source of heat where the fireplaces inside and outside the house
 Outdoor area
His home did not have a lot of furniture and all the floors were concrete.  This is one of the original furniture items still in the home today.  This is the desk he made out of redwood.

After we took a tour of the house, we did the route from our book.  Here are a few of the major stops and things we saw along the way.  The total walk was about two miles and took us in a circle.
 Pacific Design Center

Pacific Design Center
 West Hollywood
 Walking along Santa Monica Blvd
 The original Pinkberry
 This location was originally The Doors' workshop!
 Walking through a lovely neighborhood in West Hollywood
A beautiful little park in the middle of the city

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