Although Grauman's Chinese Theatre and The Shops on Rodeo Drive are popular attractions in Los Angeles, Frank Lloyd Wright's Los Angeles houses are also must-see gems in this famous metropolis.
You can tour only one of them. The rest are private homes not open to the public, but that won't stop you from driving by and getting a look at them from the street.
Some of them perch atop the Hollywood Hills with magnificent views of the city below. Others are in an elegant area of Pasadena that any architecture lover will enjoy.
You can see all of Frank Lloyd Wright's Los Angeles houses in a well-planned day. If you only have a couple of hours to spare, opt for the Hollyhock House where you can take a guided tour.
Named after original owner Aline Barnsdall's favorite flower, Hollyhock House was just part of a living and arts complex set on 36 acres. It was Wright's first commission in Los Angeles and one of his first open floor plans.
Today, the house recognized by the American Institute of Architects as one of the seventeen Wright buildings that are representative of his contribution to American culture. The main house is open for tours, and three other buildings still stand on the site: the main house, the garage and chauffeur's quarters, and the so-called Residence A, which was built for artists' living quarters.
Get an in-depth look at it and find out how to visit the Hollyhock House.
Anderton Court Shops
The Rodeo Drive shops called Anderton Court are a little-known Wright design and not widely recognized as one of his better works. Multiple modifications obscure the original facade, but you can still see hints of the tower designs he repeated in other structures.
Today it is home to a few small offices and a salon. See it and check its slightly scandalous history here.
More Frank Lloyd Wright Sites in the Los Angeles Area
Everything else Wright in Los Angeles is not open for public visits. However, most of these structures can be seen from a respectful distance on the street or sidewalk.
Taken together, they are a perfect representation of Wright's architectural philosophy, with examples of almost every style except his earliest. You can tour them on a round trip in the order listed.
Ennis House: (2607 Glendower Ave, Los Angeles) This large and lovely home is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument and a California State Landmark. After some devastating damage and a long search for the right buyer, the house is under renovation. After the project is complete, it will be open to the public a few days per year, but don't expect that to be soon.
Freeman House: (1962 Glencoe Way, Los Angeles) This house is one of three textile block houses Wright designed in the Hollywood Hills in the 1920s.
Storer House: (8161 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles) Hollywood is known for drama, and this house certainly deserves the adjective "dramatic." Although Wright believed in designing structures that blended seamlessly into their surroundings, this 3,000-square-foot house does anything but.
Sturges House: (449 N. Skyewiay Rd., Brentwood Heights) This 1939 house was Wright's first Usonian-style structure on the West Coast, a design that seems to grow out of the side of the hill. It is similar in some ways to Wright's famous Fallingwater in southwest Pennsylvania.
Arch Oboler Gatehouse and Eleanor's Retreat: (32436 West Mulholland Highway, Malibu) It started as the grand "Eaglefeather" project that included a studio, house, stables and more but only a gatehouse and a small studio were built. It's the only example of desert rubblestone construction (the same style Wright used at Taliesin West) in southern California.
Millard House / La Miniatura: (645 Prospect Crescent, Pasadena) This property sits on an acre of gardens and offers beautiful views. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wilbur C. Pearce House: (5 Bradbury Hills Road, Bradbury) This house is a bit of mystery and nearly inaccessible, inside a gated community. It's listed as a Frank Lloyd Wright design but doesn't look like one. And it's almost impossible to get through the gates to see it unless you live there.
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