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Now we find another obscure L-shaped house, this time from Schindler's near contemporary Lloyd Wright (1887 vs 1890), built for the father of another Lloyd Wright client, builder Henry Bollman (1900-1972). Otto Bollman (1857-1940) hired Lloyd to build him a house, on Broadview Terrace in the Hollywood Hills. The house still stands, hemmed in by other residences:
https://firstname.lastname@example.org ... 376!8i2688
Images are scarce, but they are out there---almost half of them at one online source (see middle of page):
http://schindlers-westons.blogspot.com/ ... -otto.html
http://www.historicplacesla.org/reports ... e068504c77
In the latest issue of Journal of Organic Architecture + Design, devoted to the Samuel and Harriet Freeman house of 1923-25, Kathryn Smith writes, "[Lloyd] used concrete block extensively as a decorative motif on the Otto Bollman house (1920-21, Hollywood); but he did something different for his son, Henry (1922-23, Hollywood)."
That something was a precursor to the Textile Block found at the Storrer, Freeman and Ennis houses. Lloyd: "I had done the [Henry] Bollman house in cast block similar to the Millard house and in looking for some way to get it to hold together and coordinated, I worked up this core system. Father saw it and saw that this concept could be worked into a total system, so he put me in charge of his first total-system house, the Dr. Storer house."
(Donald Leslie Johnson makes a whole book out of that sentence, his 2013/2016 "On Frank Lloyd Wright's Concrete Adobe." Those who wish to learn how Grosvenor Atterbury, Walter Burley Griffin, "knitlock," the Natco Company, and Milton Dana Morrill contribute to the story of Wright's Textile Block adventure shouldn't miss this recent addition to the library.)
But what of the Otto Bollman house ? Alan Weintraub supplies the only substantive description of the house---and he doesn't mention concrete block used "extensively as a decorative motif." I guess that trim to the concrete street wall qualifies . . .
© 1998 by Alan Weintraub
As a postscript to the story, I can add Kathryn Smith's note 26: "It is continuously repeated that Otto and Henry were brothers. This is wrong. Otto was 43 years old when Henry was born! Biographical data from databases, ancestry.com. Please see my article, online: Kathryn Smith, "Wright Time, Wright Place: Henry Bollman House, Lloyd Wright Masterwork," architectureforsale.com, 2018."
It is worth noting that the block and rebar on Lloyd's work was quite different from what Frank developed; Lloyd just tried to connect the blocks to the wood frame of the house, not construct a concrete house. He did the same with his house, the Derby House in Glendale, and Sowden: none are structurally concrete, but wood frame and stucco with block elements accentuating the apertures. Same is true about Alice Millard's Studio.
Henry's house was on the market a few years ago. It is located in the "flats" about a 5-minute walk from my place. The block elements, columns in the garden court, still survive, while those on the west balcony are long gone. HB has a more conservative plan and detailing, but is likely to keep its appearance (now that the unwonted intrusion of a large 'family room' replacing the garden has been deleted) closer to original than OB. The hillside location of OB requires a lot of walking and climbing to obtain, there being no auto-navigable access above the rows of garages that flank Hightower Drive at the base of the hill.
If the house was painted "blue and jungle green," would the darker color in the photos have been the green ? There are so many blues, and greens; it would be nice to know for certain what those colors were.
Looking more closely at the last photograph above, light-colored boards alternate with rows of shingles, random in width, in two different shades . . .
I should add that, in the wall-and-roof cladding mentioned earlier, those surfaces are often "rain screens," permeable material mounted onto waterproof building envelopes. Lloyd's house looks gives an appearance suggestive of that, but this may not be the case. The roofing has been replaced with more conventional surfacing.
House is centered, light gray roof: https://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/ot ... ew/google/
Here's an updated or alternative use of this material:
https://www.dezeen.com/2018/06/25/bates ... armsteads/