I noticed this extraordinary 1923 Frank Lloyd Wright designed house at the real estate blog JoyofPasedena.com. Located in Pasadena, California, it is currently on the market for $4,995,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and it is STUNNING!
Here is a historic photo of an exterior wall:
Today, the signature block designs are still completely intact:
In 1923, the home cost nearly $17,000 to build (seven thousand over the planned budget).
Have a look inside…
This house is known as La Miniatura, or more formally as: The Millard House.
La Miniatura is the first residence to utilize Frank Lloyd Wright’s highly inventive textile block building system. The Millard House is internationally recognized as one of the the world’s most important works of residential architecture. It is one of four homes built in this style. This residence is truly a work of art.
– from: http://www.millardhouse.com/
This historic home recently underwent a multi-year renovation project.
I think it was a very successful renovation… the home still looks and feels true to its origins.
For more details and many more exquisite photos, see the house’s website at: http://www.millardhouse.com/.
I’m not 100% sure if this is accurate, but I read somewhere that some of those blocks are actually perforated right through to the interior. So parts of the house are open to the outside air!
In the photo below, you can see how certain blocks have a + shape cut out in them, and there doesn’t appear to be glass involved!
What a magnificent piece of architectural history – how neat would it be to actually live here?
(I never thought that concrete block could look so attractive!)