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Lost L.A.: A Frank Lloyd Wright house on the move?

September 7, 2010 |  6:44 am

Frank-Lloyd-Wright-MinaturaThe photo, circa 1923, shows the Frank Lloyd Wright house known as La Miniatura in Pasadena, before the guest house was added, and long before the talk of an owner potentially moving the landmark to Japan.

In his latest Lost L.A. column, Sam Watters discusses how the site is essential to the architecture. "Wright set La Miniatura into its ridge and terraced down to a ravine below the living and dining rooms," Watters says. "He organically bonded the house to its site by mixing sand from the hill into the construction concrete, creating a permanent structural flaw undermining the house's long-term stability. The outcome, however, was a bold interpretation of SoCal's indoor-outdoor lifestyle mantra."

-- Craig Nakano

Photo from the collection of Sam Watters

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