The Derby House, an architectural gem that’s often referenced as one of the finest examples of Mayan Revival-style architecture in the entire country, is a house like no other.
Located in Glendale, in the San Fernando Valley and Verdugo Mountains regions of Los Angeles County, the unique architectural home was built in 1926 by Lloyd Wright, the son of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Carrying on the legacy of his father, who worked with molded concrete tiles and blocks to create structurally innovative buildings, Lloyd Wright used concrete textile blocks to erect the Derby House.
The technique, just like in the case of his father’s best works, created a unique structure that’s reminiscent of ancient Mayan temples.
The Derby House will make any architecture buff think back to some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most recognizable works, like La Miniatura, the ‘Blade Runner’-featured Ennis House, the Freeman House, and the Storer House — the last three of which were erected by the architect with the help of his son, whom he hired as a construction manager.
But the junior Lloyd Wright built on the legacy of his famous father, both literally and figuratively.
He took the textile block system his father used and set out to develop it into a patented construction technique that he then used to create some of his most memorable projects: the John Sowden House in Los Feliz and the Derby House in Glendale. Lloyd Wright named the latter, the century-old Derby House, after its initial owner, businessman James Derby.
A look inside Lloyd Wright’s Derby House
It’s not just the exterior that makes this home stand out.
Last year, the Derby House’s landed on the market, giving us a peek inside the unique Glendale, Calif. home that was listed in spring 2022 for $3,295,000.
Inside, a vibrant mix of concrete, wood, and glass creates a downright unique interior that complements the architecture in a harmonious way.
The two-story living room features a rather unique floor-to-ceiling fireplace with 8-foot-tall, wrought-iron gates.
Sweepingly vertical spaces are highlighted by double-height ceilings, tall cathedral-style windows, a high balcony library, and a hexagonal dining room.
Clocking in at 3,281 square feet of living space, the Derby House has a total of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
The Derby House sold last year for $2,885,000
The architecturally significant property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been brought to market in Spring 2022 with a powerhouse team in charge of the listing.
Asking $3,295,000 at the time, the memorable home — located in Glendale, in the San Fernando Valley and Verdugo Mountains regions of Los Angeles County — was being offered for sale along with four adjacent lots totaling 1.5 acres of land.
The Agency’s Aaron Leider, Elham Shaoulian, Drew Carlson, Brandon Soufer have been charged with the task of finding the right buyer. And public records show that’s exactly what they did: Lloyd Wright’s Derby House sold in October 2022 for $2,885,000.
The sale marked the third time the Derby House traded hands within the past decade.
Previously, the property had last sold in 2016 for $2,335,000, public records show, after the previous owners paid $1,590,000 for it back in 2013.
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