The Freeman House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's concrete block creations, which is in the process of massive renovations because of recent earthquakes in the Los Angeles area.
The Freeman House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923, is one of the most interesting examples of his textile block period. Given to the School of Architecture by the Freemans in 1984, it contains one of the best collections of custom-designed Rudolph Schindler furniture. The house has been the subject of research grants from the Getty Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Domino Foundation. When restoration work is completed, it is expected to function as a residence for distinguished visitors as well as a setting for small seminars and meetings.
The Samuel and Harriet Freeman House is one of the three textile-block houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Hollywood Hills in 1924. While all three homes are beautiful and dramatic, the Freeman House has beendescribed as the clearest expression of the design rationale which underlies Wright's development of the textile block construction system: a new tech-nology and architectural vocabulary for the Southwest.
The Freeman House is among Wright's most interesting and enchanting small residences; the living room has been called by several writers one of his best rooms. Placing the house in context, it marks a ma-jor transition in Wright's work and plays a clear role in the development of mod-ern architecture in Southern California.
The Freemans celebrated their house as one of the centers of avant-garde artistic and political activity in Los Angeles from the 1920s virtu-ally until the 1980s. Visitors and resident guests included Edward Weston, Martha Graham, Galka Sheyer, Jean Negulesco, Richard Neutra,Xavier Cugat, and Clark Gable.
Through its life as a "Salon", encouraged by Harriet's love of the arts, and the sub-sequent involvement of other major architects, including Rudolph Schindler and John Lautner, this architectural jewel constitutes a unique record of the cultural, social and political history of Los Angeles.