Honestly, not disappointed. At all.
Okay. First the disclaimer. This is the fuzzy foto tour. Blah-blah-blah, excuse-excuse-excuse. We are done with that piece. Onward.
Lloyd Wright (1890-1978), as he shortened his name from FLW Jr., lived in the shadow of his famous father, but was quite well known in his day for his own achievements in architecture and landscape design. I didn't know much about the young man and was anxious to see his work.
|Photo by Erik Grammer|
This is quite an unusual home. It is configured using the diamond pattern you see on the driveway above. The house is, in essence, a giant diamond shape. Some of the the write-ups refer to it as shaped like a ship's prow. I am not sure if this was the intent, because it is obvious when you are inside and when you look at the landscaping, it is all a repetitive diamond shape.
Now, I could break down and re-post the pictures from the current real estate listing (for $945K), but why spoil you? Look at my pictures and imagine the fabulous angles I was going for. Then pop out and glance at the MLS pictures on Zillow to see things more, **ahem**, clearly.
I love the single light front door and want one. Our door faces dead West so I won't ever have glass in the door because of the huge blinding glare that would come in on summer evenings.
Look closely at this unusual doorbell.
Sort of a close up of the intricate dental trim at the roof line This dental detail is repeated in furniture throughout the home.
The dental trim is spotted on the underside of the dining room table.
The plywood ceiling is stained in two different colors and emulates the diamond pattern of the house and landscaping. Interior floor in the living room area is concrete.
These two drawing rulers are supposedly from Lloyd Wright.
Cozy living room area. With the requisite Noguchi table. (The Herman Miller sale starts Friday at Design Within Reach; you can get 15% off and free shipping on your very own Noguchi table -- not a paid placement).
Charming tile work. But should have been diamonds.
Baby grand sat at the far end of the living room space. The entire side of the living room opens out onto the patio and pool area.
The bathroom is a remodel as well. Extremely craftsman. This is the only bathroom by the way. Very utilitarian home.
Roomy guest room or originally, the master bedroom. Interior floors in the bedroom areas change to tile.
Long hall to get from the front of the house to the back in a straight shot.
Patio off the back bedroom with the repeated diamond patterns.
Awesome diamond shaped pool!!!! (Okay sort of diamond shape but you get the general idea. The pool shape completely repeats the home shape).
Large overhang at the back of the house protects the master bedroom from the sun.
What an odd set of shapes!
Tough to see this picture clearly but this tree forms part of the fence as it is on the property line.
More of the diamond from the patio and the end of the back bedroom.
The patio doors on the master bedroom. The whole back of the bedroom opens up. From the current real estate listing:
Mr. Dorland said it best in a letter to Lloyd when he wrote, It isn't like living, it's like being on vacation. '' This sense of serenity was achieved as Lloyd created this home to blend seamlessly with it's natural surroundings.
Awesome mature desert plantings up front.
Honestly, this is the perfect home size for me. Just enough rooms to get the job done. And such an utterly pleasant and resort quality yard. One more home to go. Tomorrow's is a classic mid-century modern. You'll enjoy it for sure. Blurry pictures or not.
- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Tyler House, 1958, Ted Tyler, Builder
- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Norton House, 1954, Buff and Hensman, Architects
- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Test House, 1952, Lawrence Test, Architect
- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Hamlin House, 1983, Buff and Hensman, Architects
- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect.
- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Zook House, 1951, Harold B. Zook, Architect