The adage that the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree was true in the case of landscape architect and home designer Frank Lloyd Wright Jr., who might be easy to confuse with his famous father, Frank Lloyd Wright.
The younger Wright designed this $5,295,000 property for noted cellist and London String Quartet co-founder Charles Warwick Evans. Known as the Warwick Evans House, it sits in the desirable Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains.
The home echoes the elder Wright's Prairie School of architecture, which emphasizes buildings with strong horizontal lines that fit in with their natural surroundings rather than fighting them for attention.
The home is nestled on a nearly half-acre lot, surrounded by greenery and featuring a stream and a koi pond. But there's also more whimsy than Wright senior might have attempted, including a Mayan-inspired dual-pyramid fountain.
Built in 1936, the home features an open floor plan decades ahead of its time, stone fireplaces, Texas limestone, cypress doors and paneling, and bluestone terraces and pathways. The living room includes a recessed ceiling with lighting in a wood-trimmed soffit and a fireplace with a copper chimney and cypress wood paneling on either side.
The entire home was restored over the decades, and the remodeled kitchen now features a six-burner Wolf range, a double Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, a skylight, and a service pantry. The 3,161-square-foot home includes four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to a slate patio from two directions, bringing the outside sweepingly in. Juliette Hohnen is the listing agent.
Junior first made his living as a landscape architect, working for the famous Olmsted Brothers, themselves sons of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park and scores of other well-known public parks.
Wright Jr., who moved to Los Angeles around 1911 and was commonly known as Lloyd Wright, started working on homes after a stint as a production designer for Paramount Studios.
In 1951 he built perhaps his most famous structure, the all-glass Wayfarers Chapel on California's Palos Verdes peninsula. It's known as a classic example of organic architecture.
"One of its underlying principles of organic architecture is that the trees are the forms and the space within the forms is sacred space," the chapel notes on its website. That's an aesthetic that Wright senior certainly would have agreed with and one that could equally apply to the Warwick Evans House.