Lloyd Wright, son of America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, built the Sowden House for friend and photographer John Sowden in 1926. Featuring an open floor plan, where every room communicates via the central courtyard, the home accurately reflects Wright’s philosophies as a landscape architect. Hand-cast, sand-colored concrete blocks emblazoned with images of the harvest, water, clouds, and sun are stacked in homage to the pyramids of ancient Mayan civilization, while the pillared courtyard closely resembles various Yucatán Mayan temples like the Sayil and Uxmal. John and Ruth Sowden, for which the house was originally built, were artsy Hollywood folks who liked to party. Therefore, Lloyd Wright, who had been designing sets for Paramount Studios at the time, indulged their desire for the theatrical. From the windowless main entrance below a large mass of zigzag rock to the long outdoor courtyard lined with columns, the Sowden House is an architectural masterpiece.
Sold $6,163,200
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Pool
  • 5600 Sqft
  • 0.32 Acres
Juan Longfellow
Representing Buyer
Juan Longfellow
Partner
juan@juanlongfellow.com
Mobile (310) 920-3019
Office (310) 275-1000
CalDRE 01513675
Louise Leach
Representing Buyer
Louise Leach
Partner
louise@louiseleach.com
Mobile (213) 344-8090
Office (310) 275-1000
CalDRE 01774966

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5121 Franklin Avenue is a residential property located in Los Angeles, CA. This property sits on a 0.32 acre lot, is 5600 sqft, with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths.