Self Preservation

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January 23, 2012

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.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

    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.

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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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.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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  The materials, which were shared exclusively with Dwell, include photos of the Bubeshko family.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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  Brand and DeMarie also inherited this early blueprint.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark HsiaoCourtesy of: Rudolph M. Schindler collection Architecture & Design Collection University Art Museum U.C. Santa Barbara

    Brand and DeMarie also inherited this early blueprint.

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

    Courtesy of: Rudolph M. Schindler collection Architecture & Design Collection University Art Museum U.C. Santa Barbara

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    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao
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  This piece of ephemera started it all: Bubeshko's first check to Schindler, which kicked off the design process.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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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.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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  Her memory remained sharp, says DeMarie. “She always asked what was going on with these tiny moments in the house.”  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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  The famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman photographed the apartments in 1945.  Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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

    Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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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!   Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

    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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