Inside a Landmark L.A. House by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Son
The Henry O. Bollman Residence, completed in 1922, was the second independent commission of Lloyd Wright, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s son and collaborator on his father’s iconic Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.
The estate in Hollywood has been on the cover of Architectural Digest twice under a previous owner and is designated a Los Angeles Cultural Monument. Distinguished by patterned pre-cast concrete blocks and Mesoamerican massing, the house, which has been sensitively updated, remains pretty much just as Wright designed it a century ago.
“It’s the only Wright house in the neighborhood,” said listing agent Nate Cole of Modern California House. “He was going off in his own way at this time, trying to differentiate his work from his father’s. The house has a distilled quality. It’s a very modern, livable house even 100 years later.”
The sellers, who declined to comment, put the home up for sale in June with Cole and Dalton Gomez of AKGRE/Christie’s International Real Estate. They found a buyer last month and sold the landmark on Aug. 30 for $2.9 million.
Wright, whose career included working for the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm and with the iconic modernist architect Irving Gill, devised a knit-block construction system for the Bollman Residence, stringing together hollow cast concrete blocks on horizontal and vertical steel rods like beads on a necklace.
Wright designed the house for Henry Bollman, a contractor/builder who had worked with him on several projects. The sellers bought it from interior designer Mimi London.
Because of the house’s historic designation, the new owners will continue to receive significant property tax reductions, Cole said.
The two-story, 2,518-square-foot residence, sited on a flat 8,100-square-foot lot, has four bedrooms and two vintage-inspired baths.
The property has three parking spaces, and the house has a gas fireplace, a formal dining room, and a contemporary period-style kitchen with an island and a breakfast bar.
The Henry O. Bollman Residence is in the Sunset Square Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, whose 348 parcels feature houses that were built in the first half of the 20th century in a variety of traditional styles ranging from Craftsman and Tudor to American Colonial Revival.
“The neighborhood, which is entirely residential, is central and convenient and walkable,” Cole said. “It’s a couple of blocks from the Chateau Marmont hotel and Sunset Strip. It’s a quiet and calm oasis, and the Wright house is on one of its prime streets.”
Agents: Nate Cole of Modern California House and Dalton Gomez of AKGRE/Christie’s International Real Estate