Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Wright, Lloyd, Architect (firm); Jack Sowden (interior designer); Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1926

Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

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Lloyd Wright designed this house for the interior designer, Jack Sowden. Often cited as the showpiece of Lloyd Wright's work, the Sowden House demonstrated both his absorption of Mayan Revival influences through his father and others, and his own extraordinary tendencies for expressionistic design. The house's main window is a spectacular, scenographic production, like a rising curtain in a contemporary movie palace.

In 2008, the current owner of the Sowden House, developer Xorin Balbes, offered to rent the house for $25,000 per month. (See Marissa Gluck, "On The Market: Lloyd Wright's Sowden House For Rent,"Accessed 12/10/2010.) It had previously been for sale for approximately 2 years.

Bolbes renovated many parts of the house begining in 2002. The kitchen and bathrooms were completely replaces. The master suite also received a thorough remodeling. A pool and spa were also added at this time.

The 7-bedroom, 4-bath house was purchased in 2002 by designer-developer Xorin Balbes, who did a remodel of the house and made it his personal residence upon completion. The new additions include "a kitchen suitable for a five-star chef and a master suite which can't help but soothe and relax." He also added a new pool and spa.

PCAD id: 9308