Eames House, Lovell Beach House open this weekend


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Two landmark homes -- Rudolph Schindler’s Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach and Charles and Ray Eames’ residence in Pacific Palisades -- are opening to the public this weekend in separate fundraisers.

Architects, scholars, historians and critics -- including the Times’ Christopher Hawthorne -- will act as tour guides Sunday at the Lovell Beach House, sharing their perspective on Schindler while escorting small groups. The house, pictured above, was designed by Schindler in 1926 along the Balboa Island boardwalk. To preserve the ocean views and allow access for cars and pedestrians, Schindler raised the house above the street and created a play yard and parking below. The home features a two-story-tall glass-fronted living room, outdoor sleeping porch and a sun deck on the roof.


Tickets for the timed tours are $100 each with spots available between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nearby on the beach, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture will set up a canopy, refreshments and Frisbees. Proceeds benefit the MAK Center. Tickets are available on the MAK Center website or by phone, (323) 651-1510.

The Eames Foundation is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, opening up the living room of the Eames House, recently cleared for Phase 1 of the home’s restoration.

Don’t worry about spilling wine on the carpet: Contents of the living room, shown intact at right, have been moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for six months.

Members of the Eames family, friends and former Eames staff will be on hand to answer questions at the fundraiser, running from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $250, and all proceeds benefit the home’s restoration. The Eames House is at 203 Chautauqua Blvd., Pacific Palisades. Street parking is available on Corona del Mar. Call (424) 229-4038 or email by Thursday.

-- Lisa Boone

CORRECTED: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed different times for available tours at the Lovell Beach House.

Photo credit, top: R.M. Schindler Papers, Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara

Photo credit, bottom: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times


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