Two FLW-Designed Homes Duke it Out in the Deathcage

Amy Schellenbaum

Imagine you have millions to spend on a home and you've narrowed it down to two Frank Lloyd Wright designs. How do you make up your mind? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. Yep, that's right: it's time for a Real Estate Deathmatch.

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Left: Millard House; right: Cooke House

Here are two stunning, history-steeped homes designed by architecture legend Frank Lloyd Wrightactually created by him, unlike some of the brokerbabbly impostors out there—both in fairly desirable locales and both coming in at under $5M. How to decide which wins this deathmatch? Well, first, the stats:

Title Millard House Cooke House
Location Pasadena, Calif. Virginia Beach, Va.
Year Built 1923 1953
Price $4.995M $3.75M
Size 4BR, 4BA 3BR, 2BA + cottage



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↑ Frank Lloyd Wright built the 4,230-square-foot Millard House, the first of his four L.A. County "textile block" houses, to show how he could transform even the cheap, utilitarian, and ugly into something worth lusting after. He used "that old gutter rat"—his nickname for the concrete blocks he used to compose the home's façade—to make a vaguely Spanish brocade pattern. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy says the home is "internationally recognized as one of the world's most important works of architecture." It's all for $4.995M. It kind of puts those $100M+ homes into perspective, doesn't it?


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Designed 30 years after the Millard House, FLW's Andrew B. and Maude Cooke House in Virginia Beach, Va., was the Cookes' dream vacation home. Renderings for the house, which had a budget of $40K, date back to 1953, but construction didn't begin until 1959, just two weeks before the architect's death. The place, which is perched on Crystal Lake, includes a 14-foot swim spa, two docks, and an underground bunker. The young-at-heart folks having ball in said swim spa? Yeah, they probably don't come with the home.

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· The Millard House [Official Site via Save Wright]
· The Frank Lloyd Wright Beach House [Official Site via Save Wright]
· All Frank Lloyd Wright coverage [Curbed National]

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