Frank Lloyd Wright in Hollywood

This is a small aspect of an architect’s life lived large — below is the exterior of another of the textile block houses that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in the Los Angeles area — there are four; the Millard House – otherwise known as La Miniatura, the Ennis House, the Storer House — and the Samuel Freeman House in West Hollywood (1924):

He also designed a house for Aline Barnsdall, an oil heiress… Wait, before I go any further I have to interject. Wright took a lot of architectural commissions from very wealthy people. His buildings were expensive in all aspects, from construction to routine maintenance. Buildings that were bid at a certain price at the outset were often ten times that amount on completion. Ms. Barnsdall, reeling at the cost of her hilltop house a scant six years after it was built deeded it to the city. Here’s Hollyhock House:

Mr. Wright liked to deliver a completely controlled package to his clients, designing the furniture, and sometimes angling the walls so you couldn’t mar his spaces by hanging pictures. Interior Hollyhock house:

Mr. Wright’s son designed several intriguing houses in Los Angeles which we’ll save for another post. In closing, a picture of Mr. Wright with his grand-daughter, Anne Baxter:

4 Comments

  1. October 20, 2018
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    Anne Baxter was Frank Lloyd Wright’s granddaughter?! Get out! I had NO idea! (And I call myself a classic movie blogger…sheesh.)

    • October 20, 2018
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      Hey Silver Screenings, if it makes you feel any better, I didn’t know that either. And I’m a classic movie author and vintage architectural photo blogger. #doubleembarrassment

      • October 20, 2018

        That does make me feel better. Thank you.

    • October 23, 2018
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      Indeed, her mom was Catherine, Wright’s daughter. Happy Halloween!

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