Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Taliesin Fellowship (firm); Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)

Dates: constructed 1954-1955

32436 West Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265-2428

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Arch Oboler worked in Hollywood, creating 3-D movies and writing novels and screenplays. Like many in the "industry," Oboler experienced sharply divergent periods of financial surplus and shortage. Flush with cash in 1940, Oboler had Frank Lloyd Wright design a house surrounded by a large compound--what he called Eaglefeather--composed of film-processing studios, stables, and a paddock. A gatehouse stood at the entrance of the complex. Due to lack of money, very little was actually built; the gatehouse, where the Obolers lived for a time, and a small retreat for Eleanor Oboler were finished by 1941. A Taliesin Associate, Kenn Lockhart, oversaw the construction of the early, 1940-1944 work. In 1955, the couple had Wright design another small house on the 120-acre property, where they lived until the land was sold and sub-divided shortly after Arch Oboler's death in 1987. This house composed of uncoarsed ashlar masonry, was of small dimensions, its form dominated by a large chimney set in the center. Like the earlier gatehouse, the later Oboler House featured a cantilevered balcony with extended eaves constructed of wood, creating a decided constrast to the stone foundations.

PCAD id: 6794