Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sturges House – A Los Angeles Architectural Icon

 

We were thrilled to have the chance to explore this iconic building last weekend during an open house – the property is up for auction, the first time on the market in almost 50 years.

 
Commissioned by a young engineer who saw Wright’s work in  a magazine, the property has been called ‘the redwood stealth bomber’ and ‘a symbolic abstraction of the machine age through the eyes of a craftsman’.

 
Designed and built in 1939 – the only structure in Southern California built in the modern style Wright called Usonian design conceived as affordable housing for the US middle class – the one-story residence is just 1,200 square feet but features a 21-foot panoramic deck.  Wright hired renowned modernist architect John Lautner to oversee the concrete, steel, brick and redwood construction.