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This poor house is in such bad shape - especially after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake - that restoration would be impossible. Reconstruction would be the only possible recourse, and as David points out, that would cost a fortune.
I was under the impression that the house had been stablized at least. Wasn't that the purpose of all the new plain concrete columns which now exist? The interiors must be in sad shape at this point. The roof was covered with a tarp for a long time.
I can't see someone with 4 million actually residing in this house. Considering how long another trophy property, the Neutra Health House, languished on the market I don't see this one going anywhere anytime soon.
Pope, Gordon, Bachman-Wilson, Duncan, McKinney and perhaps others have been relocated and their masonry recreated on a new site. Here, the house is virtually all masonry and would (presumably) be replicated on the same site.
The very quiet fellow who owns the Berger house and I believe other significant architectural properties might be looking for a new project ?
Six drawings (#s 15, 16, 17; 22, 23; 29) well describe the design.
Drawings of the living-room benches satisfy the urge to verify that Mr Wright would not have drawn them as they appear in the otherwise charming and useful video linked on the page provided above.
Two sheets of kitchen plan and elevations show an intriguing glass-and-wood fabric separating the room from the main space, in one case, and a simpler solution on the second drawing. The octagonal table with cross-shaped base appears consistently; I do not see indication that this table can be moved or expanded . . .
He invents a new sash for this house; the members are typified by side faces (and glass stops) beveled to 15º, a favored angle when 30º is not a workable choice.
The final ten items in the Freeman file are for a charming house for a W H Freeman of Hinsdale, IL, 1903. One thinks of Walter Griffin, who joined Wright's studio in 1901 and left in 1906.
I can't imagine any seating more uncomfortable than those twin pews Wright designed for the fireplace. Schindler's later couch looks much more appealing for lounging by the fire.
The wonderful cube lanterns we associate with this house were designed for Storer, apparently; drawings for them appear in that file:
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/285 ... 5878116205
Then there's this intriguing page; note label that says "moved from Ennis":
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/285 ... 5878116205
Similar sash with parallelogram-shaped glass stops were drawn for Storer.
The Freeman neighborhood is high end, and the approach road steep. There is no available space for parking much more than a single Porsche (which Harriett drove) inside the garage, plus perhaps a mid-size Buick on the roadside. Rebuilding the house on its current site for anything other than private use would be difficult to operate and strongly opposed by the neighbors. A multimillion-dollar house on the site for private use would not be feasible. There are a lot of rich people in this city, but few if any of them would be willing to dump that much money on such a tiny enterprise.
The house has been seismically stabilized, but it suffers from the original sin of the porosity of the blocks. The exterior wythe of block is dissolving at the most exposed surfaces like sugar cubes at the bottom of a teacup. Short of building a climate controlled glass box around it, (which would never be allowed and would destroy the experience), it would appear the solution to the house's long term viability is to replace all of the exterior wythe of block with replicas having a consistency that is better able to withstand the weathering.
I'm not certain how that would be accomplished, but I believe it would be done in sections and involve structural shoring of what remains and devising a way to knit the reinforcing of the new to the old.....assuming the reinforcing from 1924 is still in decent condition.
I'd hope the seller (USC) would recognize the gravity of the work that needs to be done to save the house and would price the house to allow even a deep pocketed buyer the "freeboard" to be able to purchase the property, restore the house, and not be too many million underwater. This is a costly house to preserve plain and simple. I don't see how this can be a public site...access, neighbors, ???....it will need to be a labor love, or a gift to American culture by a private person or entity.
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/285 ... 5957355255
The servant spaces---garage, entry portico (so like the one at Taliesin), stair tower, kitchen/bath---are each of them cells approximately symmetrical about one axis or another, all arranged in an L leading to the principal cube, itself strongly symmetrical about an axis directed at the downhill view. Things are only a little odder on the floor below, where twin bedrooms (with some attempt at acoustic isolation between them ?) face the view while screening it heavily via a closet cube. The "lounge" space serving as an ante-chamber to the bedrooms, cut off from daylight, subterranean and with hearth, is the only piece of the puzzle reading (on paper, anyway) as "leftover space" or a forced solution. Perhaps it doesn't suffer at all, in person ?
I especially like the upper floor, the principal space, floored in wood that is surrounded by a "shore" or border of masonry.