One of the many desirable residential streets in Inglewood, is West Ellis Avenue. Much of the Avenue’s charm comes from the three modernist houses designed by Rudolph Schindler.
Schindler believed that the inside and outside of structures should blend into each other, and that gardens and natural light should be incorporated into residential designs. Schindler was very interested in building affordable housing. He looked for creative ways to use inexpensive materials. He adapted wood frame construction into what is now called 'Schindler Frame' construction. He frequently used the same materials inside and outside. For instance, plywood was used for outside walls and built-in furniture inside many of his homes. For the three speculative houses, built without a prospective buyer, Richard Lind acted as the project architect for Schindler.
Architect Stephen Ehrlich bought one of the West Ellis Avenue houses in 2009. Ehrlich oversaw a complete restoration of the building. The house is now owned by Ehrlich's daughter, Onna Ehrlich-Bell, and her husband, Joel Bell. The adjacent house, purchased by Kali Nikitas and Richard Shelton, uses the same landscape architect, Stefan Hammerschmidt, as the Ehrlich-Bell home. He removed existing plantings and created a more natural desert-type landscape.
Schindler also designed several iconic area houses, including the Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach, California.