Another characteristically cuboidal, Mayan-inspired Los Angeles home by Lloyd Wright, son of Prairie School prelate Frank Lloyd Wright, has been put up for sale, this one a 2,518-square-foot Hollywood abode with historic-cultural monument status. What immediately sets the 1923 Henry O. Bollman Residence apart from the last few Lloyd Wright offerings is some gold-colored interior stonework which only increases the temple-like vibe that the listing describes as "dramatic" and "intimate." Not all the Curbed LA commenters are big fans of the flashiness ("Gold is never a wise color choice for teeth or Lloyd Wright houses," declares one), but one reader claims that it was a recreation of the original hue. Whether a restoration or a glamming up, it was part of a suite of renovations undertaken by interior designer Mimi London, who acquired the place back in 1990 for somewhere around $230K. With London's renovations, which the listing claims took at from a state of "disrepair" and made it "better serving modern lifestyles with a new kitchen, baths, and an expansion of living space into what was the attached garage," the four-bedroom is currently asking $1.9M.
Architectural Digest once described London as a "fiercely independent spirit with a love for natural materials" in an AD100 profile with an accompanying portrait of her in the living room of the home. According to Curbed LA, the residence was built for a contractor who worked with Lloyd Wright, and is the earliest example of his use of the "knit-block" construction system that his father later took up. The home sits on an 8,102-square-foot lot, with a backyard filled with "tropical plantings, including Trumpet Vine, Black Bird of Paradise, & Monstera Deliciosa" that "impart a feeling of living in a tropical garden." Check it out below:
· Lloyd Wright's Bollman Residence in Hollywood Asking $1.9MM [Curbed LA]
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