Los Angeles is home, no pun intended, to homes by world- class architects including Frank Lloyd Wright (think Hollyhock House or Anderton Court Shops on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills). However, most are unaware that his son, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr., (called Lloyd Wright to avoid confusion) designed more projects in the Southland than his famous father ever did. Wright began his career by apprenticing for the Olmsted Brothers (designers of New York’s Central Park).
In the 1920s he moved to LA and became a production designer at Paramount Studios responsible for the castle and 12th-century village sets of “Robin Hood” starring Douglas Fairbanks. Using lumber from the dismantled sets, he created a pyramidal shell for the Hollywood Bowl in 1927 which offered superb acoustics. Numerous residences followed both in Hollywood and Los Feliz including the theatrical Mayan-inspired John Sowden House on Hollywood Boulevard, regarded as his best work (think Black Dahlia murder, too).
His best-known project is the 1951 Wayfarers Chapel on the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, an indoor/outdoor church crafted almost entirely of glass blending Wright’s brilliant design with his stellar landscaping talents. To the right, the masterfully restored Warwick Evans House, north of Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood, is available for sale. Wright created the estate in 1936 incorporating a remarkable forward-thinking open floor plan with seductive indoor/outdoor living spaces. Throughout, the residence contains the requisite details befitting an extraordinary gifted design practitioner.