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Esther McCoy
2434 Beverly
Santa Monica, CA 90405

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RMS

The eugenia hedge at the north side of 833-835 was neatly clipped to head height with not a sprig out of place, while the one to the south grew wild and tall with tufts shooting out everywhere. Two people of different tastes and of equal strength obviously controlled the landscaping of the house on Kings Road.
It was the same inside. On the north the canvas of the sliding doors had been replaced with glass, and the concrete panels covered with mahogany plywood, or painted an FLW sunburnt apricot. It was as if the house stood up by the pressure of opposing wills.
I went to work on the south side in the spring of 1944 for R.M. Schindler. On the north lived Pauline Schindler, who had returned after ten years or so of absence to a divided house. The two sides, identical in plan, were connected by a kitchen, which Pauline took over.
Thereafter the Schindlers communicated mainly by letter, his beginning "Madame"--unusual in a way, for his letters (always written in upper case) rarely started with a salutation, a hangover from his childhood rebellion against the "Kuss die Hand" of [[strikethrough]] his native[[/strikethrough]]
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