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Frank Lloyd Wright auction has L.A. connection

February 6, 2010 |  6:33 am


A trove of Wrightiana is coming to Los Angeles.

At its local outpost on Sunset Boulevard, the auction house Bonhams & Butterfields will hold a Valentine's Day sale of 600 items by or related to Frank Lloyd Wright, all from the collection of architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock. The pieces -- to be sold as a group, with an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000 -- include photographs and building plans from the period Wright spent in Los Angeles, including several showing the Ennis House (1924) and the Hollyhock House (1921). Hitchcock acquired the items while working with Wright on the massive book "In the Nature of Materials," which was published in 1942 and long considered among the definitive works on Wright's architecture.

More images after the jump.

-- Christopher Hawthorne



Image credits: Photographs of the Ennis House, top, and Hollyhock House, middle, by W. Albert Martin. Plan for the Hollyhock House, bottom, from Bonhams & Butterfields.

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The floor plan shown is of the Hollyhock House, built in 1917; but the photograph identified as Hollyhock House is not. Don't know if it is one of the Usonian houses. Anyone know?

Hopefully, the Getty will be one of the bidders for the LA materials.

The other house shown is not the Hollyhock House but is located in Barnsdall Park and is known as Residence A. Scholars have questioned Wright's influence in the design and some have even gone so far to say that it has the hand of Schindler, who was running Wright's office at the time of construction.


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