Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legendary Samuel-Navarro HouseAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 2255 Verde Oak Drive, Los Feliz
What: Lloyd Wright’s legendary Samuel-Navarro House, just as daring and visually exciting as when it was built in 1928– a sleek, hill-hugging, multi-story composition of smooth stucco and oxidized copper panels unifying the bands of windows in Wright’s distinctly Mayan-inflected style. The son of Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright trained as a landscape architect and worked for Olmsted Brothers before his father brought him to Los Angeles to assist on other projects. He went on to a successful practice of his own, melding landscape and architecture with handcrafted, organic architectural details.
Pedigree: Originally built for Louis Samuel, the secretary/manager for silent film star Ramon Novarro, who later relinquished it to his boss when he was caught embezzling money after the stock market crash. Navarro hired Wright (along with Cedric Gibbons) again in 1931 to expand the house, and lived there until the late 1930s. In the late ’40s, the house was rented by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins to write their musical “On The Town”. Later owners included actress/architecture collector Diane Keaton (she restored and remodeled the house with architect Josh Schweitzer, who contributed some of the Post Modern vibe the interiors still retain) and actress Christina Ricci; it’s currently owned by screenwriter Dale Launer.
What We Love: Almost every room opens to a terrace or outdoor space, including a walled swimming pool– an outdoor room of its own.
More: The property’s been listed as pending since April, 2017. Have a look at the listing for additional images and information. Represented by Juliet Hohnen at Douglas Elliman. Curbed LA’s Adrian Glick Kudler had a look at the house back in 2013; it’s LA Cultural Monument No. 130 and probably entitled to Mills Act tax benefits.