Here's another Frank Lloyd Wright beaut to add to the register of homes designed by the starchitect: L.A.'s John B. Storer House, the second of Wright's four textile block houses (one of two on the market right now) has listed for $6.9M, a whole $1.65M more than the ask of La Miniatura, his first house in the series, now listed in Pasadena, Calif. Wright saw his textile houses as a challenge, a way to transform "that gutter rat"—his pejorative for the concrete blocks used for the homes' brocade façades—into something lovely, using "the cheapest (and ugliest) thing in the building world," as he wrote in his autobiography, into something to be lusted after. Per Curbed LA, the Storer House hasn't been heaved onto the market since 2000, when Die Hard producer Joel Silver sold the four-bedroom, 2,967-square-foot pile to "an architecture-loving couple with Microsoft ties."
Commissioned by a homeopathic physician, Storer House was meant to be "a man-made extension of the landscape" (the plot sits snug in L.A.'s Hollywood Hills) though according to Wikipedia, Wright's biographer took issue with this point, saying:
"In direct contradiction to everything that Wright had earlier preached about the natural, nearly invisible joining of structure and site, the Storer House, small as it is, asserts its presence with a surprising degree of arrogance—an arrogance far more obvious in the 1920s, when the hillside lacked the softening effect of foliage, than it is today." Chip off the old block Lloyd Wright designed the landscaping and supervised construction, which wrapped in 1923. Storer had it for four years, before renting it to the wife of architect Rudolph Schindler. The place was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and later that decade Lloyd Wright oversaw a partial restoration. Silver snatched up the place for $800K in 1984, and gave it "a thorough and sensitive restoration," per Curbed LA, which included a pool that had been in FLW's original schematics. Silver listed it in 2000, but didn't end up selling it until 2002, when he got $2.9M for the spread. Listing photos are nigh non-existent, but luckily with pedigreed homes like these, there's always a wealth of tourist image fodder to scope out, so do take a look.
· Frank Lloyd Wright's Storer House Hits the Market in the Hills [Curbed LA]
· 8161 Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif. [Redfin]
· All Frank Lloyd Wright coverage [Curbed National]