A curvy concrete home by Modernist architect John Lautner has hit the market in Southern California’s Rancho Cucamonga for $1.488m.
Built in Alta Loma in 1961 for teachers Ann and Peter Tolstoy, the 3,000 sq ft home comprises three pavilion-like structures, originally conceived as a residence, music studio and lath house, and set around the property’s swimming pool. They are connected by a taut steel-cable roof system that’s topped by wood sheathing, described by the LA Times as being ‘as daring as anything Lautner ever built’.
The main 2,000 sq ft residence is set around a futuristic raised-level living room, complete with arched concrete fireplace (a motif echoed across the California property’s swooping semi-circular windows) and built in concrete seating. There are two bedrooms in this part of the home, with a third located in the one-bedroom guest house.
Concrete walls have been left exposed across Tolstoy House – on the market via The Morgan Group, Don and Debra – as have its wooden ceilings. The time capsule property’s original features and details are largely in tact, but it will need some modernising by its new owners.
Lautner studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, and his circular Elrod House featured in James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever. The Modernist designer is also among fashion’s favourite architects: his Bob & Dolores Hope Estate served as the backdrop for Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2015 fashion show.