Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1923 Millard House in Pasadena, California was his first Usonian residence, a design which was intended to be simple enough so owners could build their own. But even after years of concept refinement, the style never was perfected to the point where the average middle class homeowner could construct one alone.
Westchester County is home to an entire community of these homes, which is actually called “Usonia.”
This particular house, referred to as La Miniatura by the Millard family who commissioned the home, with its massive poured concrete and block walls could never have been managed by the average homeowner. Wright’s vision for this home, as with his others, was to have it focus on the land formation of its building site. Usually he laid his homes horizontally, but with La Miniatura, he designed vertically to take full advantage of the low ravine views that led down to a seasonal creek. Frank’s son, Lloyd Wright, also took a big part in the home by creating the landscape design for the entire property and later designing the guest house.
The interior of the main house has a play of changing light filtering in through the open, patterned block walls and expanses of glass and doors opening out to the tranquil views.The vertical ceiling beams appear to have almost a carved beaded look, which coordinates nicely with Alice Millard’s heavily carved doors. High ceilings, glass doors and signature built-ins accentuate the rooms. The main house has a dining room, den, loft, art studio, basement, guest-maids quarters, two kitchens and large living room. The guest house is also open and airy with both opening out to the courtyard garden and pond. For more information. To read more about this house, go to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com
Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Usonian home, now offered at $5.25 million. For the real estate listing and more photos, go to Cosby Doe. Here’s another photo of the house: