Saturday, May 18, 2019

Schindler and Neutra and the Pueblo


Schindler wrote to Neutra extolling the virtues of Southwest vernacular architecture after visiting Taos in 1915 (See Schindler photo of Taos Pueblo below). (See also my "EdwardWeston and Mabel Dodge Luhan Remember D. H. Lawrence and Selected Carmel-TaosConnections").

Taos Pueblo, October 1915. Photograph by R. M. Schindler. Courtesy UC Santa Barbara Art Museum, Architecture and Design Collections, Schindler Collection.

R. M. Schindler in Taos, 1915. Photographer possibly Victor Higgins. Courtesy UC Santa Barbara Art Museum, Architecture and Design Collections, Schindler Collection.


This prompted Neutra to visit the Pueblo exhibit at New York's Natural History Museum in 1923 of which he wrote, 

"I visited the Natural History Museum and came into the room of the Pueblo Indians. These are the people who influenced the modern [Schindlerian] Californian building activity. Whole villages were built in one block on top of a mountain. These cubes, hardly without any windows, are more than one story, have terraces on the front of the setback of the upper stories. It is impossible to comprehend the complexity of this agglomeration of building cubes." (Life and Shape by Richard Neutra, Appleton-Century-Crofts, New York, 1962, pp. 170-171). 
Schindler's Pueblo Ribera on the cover of Neutra's Wie Bat Amerika?, 1927. From my collection.

Shortly after moving into Schindler's Kings Road House, Neutra included his Pueblo Ribera project on the cover of his Wie Baut Amerika?.