One of the most unique homes in the country, the George D. Sturges house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is going up for auction next month with the Los Angeles Modern Auctions. The house, built in the Brentwood Heights area, was designed as a residence for the man whose name it bears. The house is currently part of the estate of actor Jack Larson and his partner, James Bridges. The house will be up for grabs on February 21st for the small sum of $3 million.
The house itself, though beautifully designed by one of architecture’s finest minds, is not very large. 12,000 square feet with a 21-foot wraparound deck. The house is “Usonian,” a term Wright created to refer to a specific style of homes he created for buyers on a budget. Usonian houses lack garages, basements, and attics, and the George D. Sturges house is one of only about sixty Usonian homes Wright designed. This house is the only one of this style in California.
The home has only two bedrooms, but is a beautiful red brick and wood design. Its interior features an open plan, living and dining rooms, built-in shelving, and a brick fireplace. The George D. Sturges house is one of the smaller ones Wright ever designed, but his touch is all over the design.
Wright built hundreds of houses in the 20th century and changed the landscape of architecture. His houses are all over the United States. Many of them are now designated as historic landmarks. 10 of them have been proposed for protection under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Bridges/James Foundation. Bridges was an influential filmmaker and Larson is best known for playing Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s TV series The Adventures of Superman. The two purchased the house in 1967 for $60,000.