An architect’s labor of love

Times Staff Writer

Architect Foster Rhodes Jackson, who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright, designed and built this La Verne compound on 10 acres for himself and his wife.

He started work in 1955 on the home, which took several decades to complete.

Still owned by Jackson’s widow, the home has skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-crafted ceilings and terrazzo floors.


Born in 1911, Jackson went into independent practice in 1938 and started practicing in Southern California in 1946. By 1953 he had gained national prominence with an exhibit of his work in London. He died in 1997.

About this home: The main house only has one bedroom in a suite that has his-and-her closets, a small swimming pool, a built-in piano and a library. There are three bathrooms in the main house plus one in the guesthouse and one in the office.

There are canyon and hill views from many parts of the compound, which is on a cul-de-sac.

Asking price: $2.5 million

Size: The main house is 3,628 square feet.

Features: There are four fireplaces in the main house and two in other parts of the compound.

The home also has a darkroom and a breezeway with access to the guesthouse and the office.

Where: La Verne

Listing agent: Don Kendrick, Don Kendrick Real Estate, La Verne, (909) 593-9393.