Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Schindler, Rudolph M., Architect (firm); Rudolph Michael Schindler (architect)

Dates: constructed 1928-1931

3 stories

124 Chimes Tower Road
Santa Catalina Island, Avalon, CA 90704

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Sarnitz book, "R.M. SAchindler Architect," (New York: Rizzoli, 1988), p. 98, noted that the address was on Old Stage Road.

Schindler designed the Wolfe house's three stories and roof terrace to step down its steep hillside site. This was one of Schindler's most interesting floor plans, and a great loss from a preservationist's standpoint.

The plan read, "Summer House for E. Wolfe Catalina." The mezzanine level was the street level and included the garage, small bedroom with full bath, kitchen, terrace, and living room with fireplace. The second floor was one below the mezzanine, and contained an ample guest room, with its own entry, kitchen, dressing room/bath, multi-purpose living area/sleeping space and terrace. (It could have functioned as a rental unit, if desired. The first floor also was a living/sleeping room space with bath; this floor consisted mostly of a porch on the southeast corner. The roof served as a terrace and had its own hearth.

Demolished; the extraordinary Wolfe House was torn down in 2002, creating a scandal within the preservation community in Southern California.

PCAD id: 717