'The Master' Joins Fire Sale - Page 2

Stung by justice, USC puts FLWright's 'textile block' Freeman House on market
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Vintage interior shot. By Julius Shulman (© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles - 2004.R.10)

When asked of the best assets of his new listing, Deasy said confidently, "The best feature is that it subsumes and represents the architectural history of Los Angeles…Many people think it's a link between [Wright's] Falling Water and [later modern design]."

Exploring his new 'organic' method of architecture, Wright designed each of his four textile block houses to be built of pre-cast concrete and crushed granite blocks, and reinforced by metal bars and imprinted with a design specific to the home.

The Freeman House was the smallest of the textile block houses at two beds and one bath. The Ennis House made a cameo appearance in the film Blade Runner (1982), and a restroom and seating area is modeled after the Storer House at Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim.

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Wright disciples Schindler and John Lautner contributed to the Freeman House's interior design and renovations, including Schindler's addition of a one-bedroom accessory dwelling, bringing the home to 2,884 square feet. The house was used by the Freemans as a cultural salon and provided short-term lodging for such stars as actor Clark Gable and choreographer Martha Graham.

The Storer and Ennis houses have sold in recent years for $6.8 million and $18 million respectively, and Deasy admits that the latter sale helped set the Freeman price, which also includes numerous remaining furnishings.

"Based on what the Ennis House sold for…reduce it by the amount it will take to restore it—that's how we set the price," said Deasy.

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And sorry, lookie-loos. Asked whether any open houses are planned for this historic, seldom-seen home, the realtor sniffed, "It's not that kind of house." For more information about 1962 Glencoe Way, click here.

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