Frank Lloyd Wright's George D. Sturges residence will be sold on Feb. 21 as part of the homeowner's, actor Jack Larson, estate auction held by Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA). This marks the first time the home has been up for sale in nearly 50 years.
Set in a hillside lot in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, the 1,200–square–foot structure was designed just a few years after the famed Fallingwater, in Mill Run, Pa., both serving as iconic examples of cantilevered architecture paired with horizontal lines. They also mark the beginning of Wright's focus on engineering.
The redwood-and-brick property diverts from Wright’s other Southern California homes which are predominantly made of concrete, such as the Hollyhock House, a stylized "California Romanza" hybrid structure built in 1921 in what is present-day East Hollywood. The Sturges home is Wright's only Usonian design in the city, which places an emphasis on creating a more affordable, modern home for the American middle class. Wright aimed to integrate the approachable aesthetic, which draws on low roofs, open design, small size, and natural materials, as a way to create a national style that grew from the Prairie style homes. Other sites built in the same fashion by the architect include the Jacobs House, in Madison, Wis., the Rosenbaum House in Florence, Ala., and the Malcolm Willey Home in Minneapolis, Minn.
While the design omits an attic and basement, an open floor plan and a 21-foot wrap-around deck, covered by a redwood overhang, make use of the modest space. Curbed describes the home as a "pivotal project for Wright," one which "marks a high point in Wright's Usonian style." In 1993, it was deemed appointed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
The home was sold to Jack Larson in 1967 and is one of 72 pieces owned by the actor up for sale at LAMA's modern art and design auction, which are held on a quarterly basis. Expected to go for $2.5 to $3 million, all proceeds benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation, which established the James Bridges Award in Film Directing, honoring a UCLA film graduate student who best integrates film and theater principles.
Correction: Because of an editing error, a previous version stated that Fallingwater was located in Millwater, not Mill Run.