hidden mesoamerican palaces

not in Central America but here, in Los Angeles.


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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House, of textile-block construction, built for friend and photographer John Sowden in 1926. Renovations by a new owner in 2001 included restoring the stonework and the addition of a courtyard pool and spa. His son, Eric Lloyd Wright, “felt it was a ‘mistake’ to break up the courtyard space with a pool and spa,” which originally had been a lawn. (Wikipedia) Image found here.

In channeling classical Mayan architecture, this primal meditation by Frank Lloyd Wright on nature and civilization seems to have attracted its share of odd owners and a collection of lurid tales, including speculation that it’s the site of the infamous Black Dahlia murder. Now mainly used for film locations, the brooding Sowden house seems more a meditation on civilization and its malcontents.

I’d love to visit, but now I might be too spooked. Maybe in a large group…

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5 Responses to hidden mesoamerican palaces

  1. Hoov says:

    The pool looks far more appropriate than the spa style bathroom and open concept kitchen. What is a lawn good for these days anyway. There’s a slideshow on Huffpo that has decent photos. I remember the house from “The Aviator”, pretty amazing place.

  2. Rita says:

    I have wondered what was inside that fascade for years!

  3. Denise says:

    Delphine, yes, I know!
    Hoov, I’m a fan of the pool instead of lawn, but messing with FLW’s vision is generally consider taboo, I suppose.
    Rita, that facade also gives it the nickname the “Jaws” house!

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