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For sale: Lloyd Wright's Bollman House - Hollywood, CA

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:15 pm    Post subject: For sale: Lloyd Wright's Bollman House - Hollywood, CA Reply with quote

Lloyd Wright’s Henry Bollman Residence on the market for $3M


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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got an idea: "Let's paint everything inside white."
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well . . . would you like . . . GOLD ?



Heh-heh. When Alan Weintraub photographed the house for his Lloyd Wright monograph published in 1998, the house was painted . . . differently.
The author refers to this treatment with admirable tact -- as briefly as possible, and with the perpetrator's name recorded for posterity:

"Interior designer Mimi London has . . . contributed her own sensibility to the house."





















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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When Mimi London put the house on the market in 2014, the interior was as SDR shows it above. The gold (pre-Mimi) worked. The white doesn't. The price Mimi asked was about $1.5M. $3M is over the top, even for Los Angeles.

What an owner previous to Mimi (a FLW enthusiast named Rollins) did was to build a large square room nestled into the "L" of the house, obliterating the yard (last photo). Mimi got rid of that room, which ought to have reduced the value, not double it. Now the next owner must redo the interiors to bring back appropriate hues.

This is one Lloyd Wright house I could settle into easily. Do you think I could set up a Go Fund Me site to get the 3 million?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should also be mentioned that the only "textile block" with rebar on the house as built was the trim on the redesigned street side balcony seen in the B&W photo #3 above. The main parts of the house were standard concrete block.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered about that. Compare new photo to the right-hand black-and-white one above.


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original blocks, which were strapped to the wood framing of the balcony with rebar, failed a long time ago, and the patchwork was an attempt to give it a hint of what it had been.

What I find unfortunate is the change from the three glass doors on the west façade to an entry and a square bay. Apparently Bollman was not convinced by the main entrance on the north side of the house, and wanted a door facing the street. Though it was obviously designed by Lloyd, the alteration (as well as the simplification of the balcony) did not help the design.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are so many differences between what was drawn and what was built -- the first time ? -- that we could almost be looking at two different houses . . .

The corbeled supports to the balconies do not appear on the elevation drawings; the C-shaped balcony parapet construction/decoration does not appear on the building --
except possibly, in modified form, below windows on the garden side of the house, seen in the article's last photo ?

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The entire opus might easily be bifurcated into Scheme #1 (project) and Scheme#2 (as built). Nevertheless, it is a fine piece of work as is.
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