My girlfriend has the BR DVD and told me that the movie had a house by Frank Lloyd Wright in it. I had seen the movie 3 or 4 years earlier and thought the house was cool, but hadn't made the connection. We live in Dallas and had to go check it out since I'm a fan of his work. I too found that it was under renovation after we went to find it in July. I took pictures if anybody wants to check them out:
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I've looked in quite a few books on FLW including "complete works" that don't even have pictures of the house. It is not mentioned often for some reason. I did find this info in my research:
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The Wright Stuff
ONE OF THE largest homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is on the block, and it could command one of the highest prices ever paid for a residence done by the master architect. Last month, Dean Guerin, a retired investment banker, and his wife, Jo, put their Dallas home up for sale for $6.5 million.
In the early 1950s, Mr. Wright designed the house based on geometric shapes that took full advantage of sunlight to show off the structure’s intricate detail. It was built for John Gillin, a geophysicist.
When Mr. Gillin died, the Guerins bought the seven-acre property in 1975 for $1 million after admiring it and living two doors down from it for more than a decade.
Built with Texas sandstone and lots of glass, the 10,000 square-foot, four-bedroom house has a hexagonal-shaped living room with marble terrazzo floors, a polished cedar ceiling and built-in teak furnishings. The dining room has a Wright-designed banquet table in the form of a parallelogram with all obtuse angles.
According to listing broker Dave Perry-Miller of Adleta & Poston in Dallas, the house has been preserved “in its original state and has not been compromised by substandard remodeling or design changes.”
Here is the value of the house/land:
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This says the house is valued at $1million and the LAND is worth $4.6million.
Here are a bunch more pictures of the house up close:
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Another half-century-old house can be found at 9400 Rockbrook. Oilman John A. Gillin commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950 to design a work of art that would also be suitable for living and entertaining. Completed in 1954, it's the only Frank Lloyd Wright residence in Dallas.
The result is a house that has three wings built off a central hexagon. The roof is made of copper, and the outer walls are of understated sandstone. It is a magnificent example of the type of work Wright was doing later in his career. Though Wright enthusiasts pass this way specifically to look at the house, it's a good bet that the many joggers and walkers who pass by on a daily basis are unaware of the significance of this house, which is still a private residence, in the architecture world.
It can also be seen in this Google Maps view (to the right of the balloon past the trees):
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Also, I noticed the name on the contractor signs for the renovation. They match this real estate listing mentioning the house was sold.... "A landmark property designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at 9400 Rockbrook, purchased by preservationists Elysianne and Michael Bishop. " Hopefully it will get restored to the way it was meant to be when it was done. There was a lot of ducting work and such out on the grounds, but it probably needed to be replaced by this point.
I need to go back by when I return to town after the holidays and check the progress.
-Sean "Redwood" Martin
Edited by: Redwood at: 12/24/05 12:30 pm