Wednesday, May 29, 2013

#pasadena modern tour: Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

It was perhaps this house that I got most excited about the opportunity to visit on the  Pasadena Heritage 1940 Forward Modern House Tour.  (You can see all six homes here.) I have a very soft spot in my heart for Frank Lloyd Wright and was quite curious to see what his son had contributed to mid-century architecture.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

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.

Utterly awesome.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect
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.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


Look closely at this unusual doorbell.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

 Deep overhangs provide shade.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect



Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


Sort of a close up of the intricate dental trim at the roof line  This dental detail is repeated in furniture throughout the home.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

The dental trim is spotted on the underside of the dining room table.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

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.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


These two drawing rulers are supposedly from Lloyd Wright.


Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


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).

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


 Very utilitarian light fixtures. Probably not original.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


I was told the kitchen has been substantially remodeled. I wouldn't have known. It was done totally in keeping with the period. It is also the diamond shape within the greater diamond.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


 Charming tile work. But should have been diamonds.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

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.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


The bathroom is a remodel as well. Extremely craftsman. This is the only bathroom by the way. Very utilitarian home.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


Roomy guest room or originally, the master bedroom. Interior floors in the bedroom areas change to tile.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Long hall to get from the front of the house to the back in a straight shot.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

This was billed as the master bedroom but probably was not originally. This space was originally a screened  porch that eventually got enclosed. It is completely surrounded by windows. It is very much a sleeping porch and would have been pretty close to sleeping outside. Pasadena only gets cold a few months of the year. The home has, what is called, passive heating and cooling. So, not entirely sure what that would mean in the winter. Maybe brrrr back in this bedroom.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


Patio off the back bedroom with the repeated diamond patterns.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


Awesome diamond shaped pool!!!! (Okay sort of diamond shape but you get the general idea. The pool shape completely repeats the home shape).


Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Large overhang at the back of the house protects the master bedroom from the sun.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


What an odd set of shapes!

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


Tough to see this picture clearly but this tree forms part of the fence as it is on the property line.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


More of the diamond from the patio and the end of the back bedroom.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


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. 


Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect


Awesome mature desert plantings up front.

Pasadena Modern Tour, Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect

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.

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7 comments:

  1. That's such an interesting house. I love the chevron ceiling and the oddball shapes. The mature plants are fantastic.

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    1. DUH! That is a chevron pattern!!! I was seeing diamonds everywhere and overlooked the obvious chevron motif. Thanks!

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  2. As you said, "the perfect home size." And adapting the idea of the sleeping porch is so Pasadena with all the Craftsman homes with their sleeping porches.

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    1. It is so Pasadena, huh? This one came the closest to a craftsman and probably, truly, really is.

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  3. A long time ago I moved to Oak Park, Illinois just so I could surround myself with Frank Lloyd Wright homes. I love this house. Thanks for posting it.

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