Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tour of Lovell Beach House

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 Lovell 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.

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