Real Estate Report: Frank Lloyd Wright’s outriggers and canvas shades in Coldwater Canyon, $3.495M


Built in 1948, this house is big and luxurious but still has a post-WWII simplicity about it, plus some design details straight from Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Basics: Four bedrooms, five baths plus a powder room, along with a two-car garage and a pool, in the Coldwater Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles, otherwise referred to as BHPO, or Beverly Hills Post Office, since it’s not in the City of Beverly Hills. Currently asking $3.495M, down from $4.2M when first listed in October 2010.

Not So Basic: It’s a big, luxurious house that incorporates some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design elements from Taliesin West and Fallingwater from the previous decade, but otherwise, it’s relatively sober, like the owners wanted an up-to-date house in 1948 but didn’t want it to leak. Probably the most important Wright inspiration is this long loggia that runs parallel to the living room with rakish outriggers and retractable canvas shades, a somewhat watered-down version of the main spaces at Taliesen West. It looks out into the canyon and down at the very private pool area:

There’s a suite of rooms under the loggia with a changing-room and bath, along with a service kitchen and a potential media room or gym. Wright often used similar stonework, technically called random ashlar. inside and out, and notably at Fallingwater in 1936. Back to the long living room with a comfy conversation pit at one end:

Another space between the foyer and dining room (in the opening to the left, above, and below) with cabinets and shelving in Wright’s favorite angle- obtuse. Is the millwork and cabinets teak or redwood? Whichever, they’re uniform through the house. Below, the dining room. Those candlesticks have got to go, but check out the shallow clerestory above the cornice and the plate-glass windows angling down and out with a seamless joint in the window’s corners, another design element Wright first used at Fallingwater. More obtuse angles, plus a Japanese screen and Chinese bronzes, details Wright often chose for his client’s interiors.

Below, the house’s main entrance at the top of the property, from the paved courtyard at the end of a very long driveway between neighboring houses. To the left is a long hallway with floor-to-ceiling windows.


Many more pictures at the listing, below, and the realtor’s tour. For more information and images about Frank Lloyd Wright design influence on this house, have a look at the Fallingwater and Taliesen West websites.

Listing: 9454 Lloydcrest Drive, Los Angeles  [Redfin]

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