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Frank Lloyd Wright's Take on California Cool Up For Auction

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A famed Frank Lloyd Wright design from 1939, the streamlined, redwood-and-brick George D. Sturges home, will be up for auction later this year, the first time it's been available in nearly 50 years. The home shoots out over its hillside lot in Brentwood, California, a bold stroke by Wright that predates the series of streamlined, cantilevered homes synonymous with the Modernist movement in Southern California. Part of the estate of the late actor Jack Larson being auctioned off on February 21, the 1,200-square-foot residence stands as a pivotal project for Wright, and bidding via Los Angeles Modern Auctions is expected to fetch at least $2.5 to $3 million.

A mid- to late-career structure designed a few years after Fallingwater, the George D. Sturges house offers another striking example of cantilevered architecture paired with bold horizontal lines. It also shows Wright beginning to focus more on engineering and the concept of creating a home for the common man, both attributes of the small home, which made the most of its relatively modest footprint with a wrap-around deck shaded with a redwood overhang. Architect John Lautner, then a Taliesin fellow, supervised the construction of the home, Wright's only Usonian design in Los Angeles, but struck out on his own shortly thereafter. A big leap from the concrete block homes he'd previously designed for nearby clients, such as the Hollyhock House, the George Sturges home, marks a high point in Wright's Usonian style, hovering above the California hillside.

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