Though his name often is understandably confused with that of his more famous father, Frank Lloyd Wright — lauded by the American Institute of Architects as the “greatest American architect of all time” — Southern California architect Lloyd Wright undeniably put his own unique design stamp on Los Angeles during a lengthy career that lasted until his death in 1978 at age 88.
Not only did FLW’s eldest son work as a Tinseltown set designer — crafting the elaborate castle and 12th-century village sets for Douglas Fairbanks’ version of “Robin Hood” — but he also created two orchestra shells for the Hollywood Bowl. Most importantly, Wright is responsible for several notable early modern structures throughout the L.A. area., including the landmark Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes and neo-Mayan Sowden House in Los Feliz.
Making its presence felt as well is this one-of-a-kind structure Wright designed and built as his personal home and studio — where he oversaw construction of many of his father’s projects, including the Hollyhock House, and also developed his own practice — and the historic duplex recently popped up for sale in West Hollywood, asking a speck under $7 million.
Originally built in the late 1920s, but extensively restored in the ’90s by Wright’s son and FLW’s grandson Eric Wright — complete with a new foundation, as well as the replacement and repair of some blocks that had deteriorated over time — the two-story building last sold for around $4.4 million in winter 2021, and includes a main-level workspace and living quarters up top.
Tucked away on a corner parcel spanning almost an acre, the striking exterior boasts a beige-hued stucco facade accented by Wright’s signature interlocking concrete blocks featuring a Joshua tree motif. Inside, three bedrooms and two baths can be found in a little more than 2,400 square feet of living space that carries the block theme throughout.
Especially standing out downstairs is the cement-clad studio space, which opens to an enclosed patio spotlighted by a fountain and pre-Colombian statue that’s protected under a conservation easement by the Los Angeles Conservancy. Upstairs highlights include a fireside living/dining area sporting an indoor/outdoor alcove topped by a wood-and-glass ceiling, plus an updated kitchen outfitted with newer stainless appliances. Per the listing, there’s also a two-car garage.