Dr. John Storer House, 1923
Built in 1923 for Dr. John Storer, this textile-block house is in the Hollywood Hills. It grabbed my attention when I was driving by, even before I found out who designed it (although Wright was my first and correct guess).
For a Wright design, it's unusual in that respect, with more presence and curbside drama than what Wright's philosophy of making his structures an extension of their surroundings usually delivered.
The house is about 3,000 square feet, with three bedrooms, three baths, den, kitchen, dining room and two outdoor terraces, but the living room is its focal point, two stories tall and facing the street, with views of Hollywood. It has no formal "front door." Instead, entry is from the rear.
The Storer House Story
One of four textile block-style Wright houses in the Los Angeles Area, the Storer House is unique because of its multiple block designs, four in all.
Motion picture producer Joel Silver acquired the Storer House in 1984 and undertook an extensive restoration, led by Wright's grandson Eric Wright. The work included adding a swimming pool which was in the original plans but never built.
Silver sold it in 2002, and it 2015 it sold again to a "preservation-minded buyer for what is expected to be a record price for a Wright house," as reported by Curbed LA. They go on to say that the LA Times reported the final sale price as $6.8 million.
It remains a private residence. If you want to know what it's like inside, you can get an idea by watching this video of Martha Stewart touring the house with Eric Wright.
More About the Storer House and More of California's Wright Sites
Here's a piece of interesting little trivia: The Imagineers down at Disneyland used the textile block design of the Storer house as inspiration for a structure in California Adventure's Backlot area, a restroom. We wonder what Wright would have thought of that.
And there's more: One of the house's block designs was used as the Silver Pictures logo from 1991 to 2005. You can see it at the end of The Matrix Trilogy and Conspiracy Theory, among others.
Details About the Storer House
8161 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Private residence, no tours
Please don't be THAT person. You know the one — who tramples all over someone else's lawn, climbs their fences and generally invades their privacy just for the sake of a photograph.
More of the Wright Sites
Storer House is one of nine Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in the Los Angeles area.
It is also one of Wright's designs which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Others include the Anderton Court Shops, Hollyhock House, Ennis House, Samuel Freeman House, Hanna House, Marin Civic Center, and the Millard House.
Wright designed only four California structures like the Storer House, using intricately patterned concrete "textile blocks." They're all in Southern California: Ennis House, Millard House (La Miniatura), and the Samuel Freeman House.
Wright's work isn't all in the Los Angeles area. The San Francisco area is also home to eight of them, including two of his most important works. You'll also find several houses, a church, and a medical clinic in some of the most unexpected places.
Don't be confused if you find more "Wright" sites in the LA area than those mentioned in our guide. Lloyd Wright (son of the famous Frank) also has an impressive portfolio that includes Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes, the John Sowden House and the original bandshell for the Hollywood Bowl.
More to See Nearby
If you're an architecture lover, check this list of famous Los Angeles houses that are open to the public, including Richard Neutra's VDL house, the Eames House (home of designers Charles and Ray Eames), and Pierre Koenig's Stahl House.