HOUSE PORN: Frank Lloyd Wright's West Coast Rep's House at Stanford University.

Frank Lloyd Wright had an interest in designing elegant and affordable homes for the American middle class to create a more harmonious, enlightened society.

The house on Gerona Road near the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, CA is a model for this thinking, and is unmistakenly influenced by legendary architect. The home was designed by a FLW apprentice, Aaron Green, who was Wright’s West Coast representative at the time the house was built. 

Built in 1954 for Allan Paul, a Japanese studies professor at Stanford, and his wife Arline who worked at Stanford’s Hoover Institute for War, Revolution and Peace, the couple have lived in the home since it was built for them. Mr. Paul passed away a few years ago.

Sixty years on, and the house appears to have been perfectly kept in its original condition. The real estate site Curbed reports that even the furnishings, which were also designed by Green, are still intact. Features like a low-slung built in couch, open beam ceilings, wrap-around windows and an open floor plan show the Frank Lloyd Wright influence.

The 2 bedroom, 1 bath house has two separate living spaces in asymmetrical wings and a small hexagonal guest house that was also designed by Green. The home still has its original concrete radiant heat, Thermador appliances and cork flooring.

Architect Aaron Green was part of Frank Lloyd Wright's apprenticeship, the Taliesin Fellowship, He eventually set up his own firm first in Los Angeles, and then moved to San Francisco. Then, in 1951 Wright suggested they open a joint architectural firm. Aaron Green went on to teach as lecturer and critic at Stanford's Department of Architecture.

The home, which is located a stone’s throw from Hanna House, which was designed directly by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 for Stanford Professor Paul Hanna and his wife, Jean. The neighborhood is on leased property from the University, only available to Stanford faculty and staff.

The home is currently for sale for $1.2 million.

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