Self Preservation

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January 23, 2012
Originally published in Inspired Renovation

With the help of DSH Architects, a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored (and gently updated) Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments.

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  From the street, the Bubeshko Apartments haven’t changed much in the 74 years since they were constructed. Giant planters that Schindler had hoped would shroud the terraces in meandering vines proved to be difficult to maintain. Owner Joe DeMarie hopes to connect them to an irrigation system to produce the hanging-gardens effect Schindler envisioned.

    From the street, the Bubeshko Apartments haven’t changed much in the 74 years since they were constructed. Giant planters that Schindler had hoped would shroud the terraces in meandering vines proved to be difficult to maintain. Owner Joe DeMarie hopes to connect them to an irrigation system to produce the hanging-gardens effect Schindler envisioned.

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  Owners Joe DeMarie and Madeleine Brand recently inherited a treasure trove of archival documents from Luby Bubeshko, the building’s original owner.

    Owners Joe DeMarie and Madeleine Brand recently inherited a treasure trove of archival documents from Luby Bubeshko, the building’s original owner.

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  The materials, which were shared exclusively with Dwell, include photos of the Bubeshko family.

    The materials, which were shared exclusively with Dwell, include photos of the Bubeshko family.

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  Brand and DeMarie also inherited this early blueprint.  Courtesy of Rudolph M. Schindler collection Architecture & Design Collection University Art Museum U.C. Santa Barbara.

    Brand and DeMarie also inherited this early blueprint.

    Courtesy of Rudolph M. Schindler collection Architecture & Design Collection University Art Museum U.C. Santa Barbara.
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  This piece of ephemera started it all: Bubeshko's first check to Schindler, which kicked off the design process.

    This piece of ephemera started it all: Bubeshko's first check to Schindler, which kicked off the design process.

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  As the renovation began, DeMarie would talk with Bubeshko about certain details in the apartments, namely the owners’ unit where they had both lived.

    As the renovation began, DeMarie would talk with Bubeshko about certain details in the apartments, namely the owners’ unit where they had both lived.

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  Her memory remained sharp, says DeMarie. “She always asked what was going on with these tiny moments in the house.”

    Her memory remained sharp, says DeMarie. “She always asked what was going on with these tiny moments in the house.”

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  The famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman photographed the apartments in 1945.

    The famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman photographed the apartments in 1945.

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  DeMarie used these images to determine the best way to update the recessed lighting and recreate the original shade of stain applied on the plywood walls. The photos are currently housed in Shulman’s archives at the Getty Research Institute.  Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

    DeMarie used these images to determine the best way to update the recessed lighting and recreate the original shade of stain applied on the plywood walls. The photos are currently housed in Shulman’s archives at the Getty Research Institute. 

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