(Arts & Architecture magazine, vol. 71, no. 5, p. 14)
Completed in the mid-1930s, Gisela Bennati's home introduced a new approach to housing design: the dramatic yet informal A-frame style. Previously, A-frame construction had been relegated to sheds and other utilitarian buildings. Bennati's house foretold mid-century modernism with expansive windows, locally-mined stone, and open living areas with exposed diagonal rafters.
Nearly two decades passed before the A-frame form won popular attention. During the 1950s, various adaptations of the A-frame became a trendy choice for vacation homes. Schindler's contribution to the style is often overlooked.