One of Los Angeles’ most unusual pieces of architecture has hit the market, as Lloyd Wright’s Maya-inspired concrete block Derby House comes up for sale via The Agency.
The two-storey Glendale property was completed in 1926 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is enveloped in a skin of ornate Maya inspired pre-cast textile concrete block blocks – a unique method Lloyd Wright developed with his father, Frank Lloyd Wright senior.
The systems of Derby House have undergone modernisation and upgrades, but the rest is original. Door grills and fireplace grates have decorative curlicues designed to reference the yucca plants growing nearby on its acre-and-a-half plot.
Derby House’s imposing facade gives way to 3,200 sq ft of light-filled living spaces, thanks to the property’s abundance of windows.
The decorative Maya motifs of the exterior continue into some of the Los Angeles home’s rooms, wrapping around towering fireplaces and bedroom windows. There’s also a hexagonal dining room with a floor to ceiling fireplace and a rose pink bathroom.
The Agency is listing Derby House for $3.295m.