Lloyd Wright’s Derby House, called one of the architect’s “strongest achievements” by UCLA historian Thomas Hines, has been listed by Aaron Kirman, President of Aaroe Estates, the luxury property division of John Aaroe Group. The approx. 3,281-square-foot home, on the National Register of Historic Places, has been meticulously preserved by the same owners since 1974. The property, located at 2535 E. Chevy Chase Drive, is offered at $2,795,000.
Shaded by mature oaks on an approx. one-and-a-half-acre parcel, the massive yet airy structure is sheathed in Maya-influenced, yucca-patterned concrete textile blocks cast in sand from nearby Chevy Chase Canyon. (Wright’s father, Frank Lloyd Wright, credited his son with the technique.) Visible from inside and out, the blocks create intriguing shapes and shadows throughout the interiors in daylight. Garage gates, fireplace grates, French door grills and closets also feature abstract renderings of yucca plants, which grow on the surrounding hills.
“Lloyd Wright was extremely versatile, much more so than his father,” says architectural historian David Gebhard. “In some ways, his concrete block designs have held up better than his father’s better-known work.”
Lloyd has also been called one of the few architects who could combine a livable plan with high drama, and Derby House proves it. Inside, sweepingly vertical spaces are highlighted by double-height ceilings, tall cathedral-style windows, a high balcony library and a hexagonal dining room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Rooms open to outdoor terraces on many levels.
The grounds reflect many historians’ view that Lloyd Wright was also a brilliant landscaper. Native plantings are interwoven with rock retaining walls and terraces, hidden paths and benches.