Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samuel Freeman House in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, 1923-1924

The Samuel and Harriet Freeman House was built in Hollywood between 1923 and 1924. All four of Frank Lloyd Wright’s concrete textile block houses were built between 1923 and 1924, including the John Storer House and Charles Ennis House. The Freeman House employs Wright’s concrete textile block construction method with its own unique geometric patterns for style. The concrete relief patterns recall floral forms -perhaps a reference to the abundance of flowers in the Hollywood Hills, the setting for the Freeman House.

The Freeman’s were the only permanent inhabitants of this piece of architecture. They adored their house and had many artistic and avant-garde visitors throughout the more than 60 years they lived in their Frank Lloyd Wright house. Though it is the smallest of the concrete textile block houses at about 1,200 square feet, it has an open and airy feel to it, exacerbated by the corner windows. R.M. Schindler designed and built many of the furniture pieces for the Freeman House interior. Wright’s eldest son, Lloyd Wright supervised the construction of the house and oversaw the landscaping. Harriet Freeman recognized the architectural significance of her house and arranged for it to be gifted to the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, and it came into their possession in 1986. 

The Freeman House is seen from the exterior on the LA Frank Lloyd Wright Tour.

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