The celebrated Henry O Bollman Residence has just hit the market for $3 million dollars. The historical home was built in 1923 on designs by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr., son of the world-renowned 20th-century American architect. Commonly known as Lloyd Wright, the architect following in his father’s footsteps would begin his career with landscapes in 1911.
Faithful to his father’s modernist line while simultaneously seeking his own identity, Lloyd Wright would accumulate various experiences over the years. However, it’s his second attempt at an architectural project, the Henry O Bollmanhouse, that stands out among his portfolio.
Here in the Hollywood home, Lloyd Wright would debut the “knit-block” construction technique that his father would adopt later on in his Millard, Freeman, Ennis, and Storer residence projects. The innovative approach uses prefabricated cement blocks both structurally and for decoration, which Frank Lloyd Wright Senior would explain as the the response to a growing need for low-cost efficiency.
While his father’s influence is clearly present in the home, there’s a certain originality and theatricality in the way the architecture of Lloyd Wright breaks down order. Assembled blocks on the structure’s façade lend the appearance of a Mayan temple, which has maintained its wonder over the years.
Echoes of Mesoamerica (also characterizing the Ennis and Milliard residences) are evident not only in the exteriors, but throughout the home’s interiors as well. From the elaborate moldings to the staggered staircase, and through to the gorgeous brick fireplace — every angle of the Bollman residence exudes far-off wonder and seduction.
Sprawling over a lot of 2,518 square meters in the Hollywood hills, the modern home sits on two floors: the ground floor accommodates public spaces (kitchen, living room, and dining room), while the second floor is occupied by four bedrooms.
Meanwhile, the current lay out of the home is the product of a restoration project lasting years. When designer Mimi London purchased the property in 1983, the structure was in dire conditions after its abandonment. The Mayan ruins, so to speak, were restored to their original glory with all the necessary additions for a modern lifestyle.
Part of the garage designed by Lloyd Wright was converted into a living area, while the kitchen and two bathrooms underwent a massive restyling. Walls were covered with an elegant and minimal coat of white to harmonize the spaces, and the flooring and finishes in solid wood helped soften the edges of the concrete.
The rest is taken care of by the garden, an integral aspect to the project, which abounds with luxurious tropical plants like Monstera Deliciosa, Trumpet Vine, and Black Bird of Paradise. With greenery wrapping around to enclose the private patio, the space is accessed only by the living area and the dining area.
Once again on the market, the Californian residence has been set at $3 million by real estate agency Crosby Doe. It’s quite a deal if you consider the historical value of this architectural gem.