The Last Home
The last home. One of RM Schindler’s final commissions, The Schlessinger House sits nestled on a promontory overlooking the Franklin Hills and city beyond.
After his death in 1953, at the suggestion of architectural historian Esther McCoy, John August Reed broke ground on the project and oversaw the construction of the home. Commissioned by Philip & Phyllis Schlessinger, the finished residence deviated in part from the original plans due to budgetary constraints and owner preference. The home would remain in the Schlessinger family for 58 years.
In 2010, the property was sold and the residence was sensitively restored to its original grandeur and intent. Most notable was the addition of the angular backyard arbor, framed by perfumed jasmine, which was based on Schindler’s original concept drawings for the home. Today, a comfortable, simple floorplan envelopes two bedrooms and two bathrooms with natural light and scenes of nature framed through large windows in each room. Two new private spaces: a cozy den with built in sitting area and lower level study complete the home.
The Schlessinger House presents itself as an exemplary showcase of space as a medium of art. Schindler’s vision as described in his notebook in 1928 is reflected even in his final home, “The sense for the perception of architecture is not the eyes- but living. Our life is its image."