Notable Los Angeles landmark, The Lloyd Wright Studio Residence, is looking for a new custodian after hitting the market for $5.995m.
Designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1927 as his personal studio and residence, the duplex showcases patterned concrete blocks, which his father developed for Hollyhock House and Ennis House.
Lloyd Wright established his practice in Los Angeles in 1916, and he also supervised construction on many of his father’s Southern California projects. When building his West Hollywood home and studio, he adopted interlocking concrete blocks, similar to his father’s ‘textile block houses’, developing a stylised Joshua tree motif that expands across the building’s concrete and stucco frame.
Interior spaces expand across 2,413 sq ft and are divided into separate living and working. The grandest is the living room, featuring a fireplace and wooden floors, and there’s also a dining room, kitchen, family room and three bedrooms.
The downstairs studio meanwhile opens to an enclosed outdoor patio through a moveable wall and was the architect’s studio – and an example of his work to show potential clients.
In the 1990s, Lloyd Wright’s architect son, Eric Lloyd Wright, meticulously restored the Los Angeles property to his father’s vision, installing a new foundation and replacing and repairing some of the textured blocks that had deteriorated over time. It was later added to the Nation Register of Historic Landmarks and designated by the Los Angeles Conservancy.
Since its restoration, it has changed hands several times, selling most recently in February 2015 for $1.95m, according to the LA Times.
The Lloyd Wright Studio Residence is currently listed with agents Dalton Gomez and Aaron Kirman of Christie’s International Real Estate.