Lloyd Wright’s La Canada Legacy


While designing the Wayfarers Chapel on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, architect Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, also worked on the Journey’s End/Gainsburg House in La Canada Flintridge. Completed in 1948, the house was named for its first owner, pharmacist Emmanuel Gainsburg.


About the house: Lloyd Wright, who died in 1978 at age 88, designed 27 houses in Southern California; his father, the dean of America’s modern architects, designed about eight. In this house, Lloyd Wright used such Asian design touches as Shoji doors to separate the living and dining rooms and hand-painted screens to partition areas in the kitchen. A wall of glass overlooks the serenity of the landscaped yard. Other windows overlook the patio and pool. Further reflecting his work on the glass-walled Wayfarers Chapel, Lloyd Wright used Palos Verdes stone on the oversized cement-block fireplace in the six-sided living room. His fascination with geometric shapes is also evidenced in the angular formal dining room. Dual built-ins there include a hutch that opens to the adjacent kitchen, with easy access to glassware and china.

Asking price: $1,085,000

Size: The house has four bedrooms and four baths in 3,172 square feet.


Features: The one-level house has a breakfast bar, pantry, family room, hobby room and storage room, which could be used for a home office and has a customized space for four golf bags. The master retreat has a study with a second cement-block fireplace. There is a dressing area in the master bath. The sun-filled master bedroom has oversized cedar closets. A guest suite overlooking the pool has a built-in dresser and desk. Third and fourth bedrooms have built-in lingerie drawers and desks. Southern windows are tinted, and bedroom windows on the north are double-paned.

Where: 1210 Journeys End Drive, La Canada Flintridge; open to the public today and Jan. 28.

Listing agent: Phyllis Harb, Re/Max Tri-City Realty, La Canada Flintridge, (818) 790-7325.

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