Westhope, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was put on sale. The house is one of the most significant project by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as being the only one outside California to use the construction system – invented by architect himself – of the “textile block”.
The two-storey house – built in 1929 for Wright’s cousin, the publisher of the “Tulsa Tribune” Richard Lloyd Jones – features also the massive use of glass – visionary for the time – with 5200 panes of glass. It is also among the largest house designed by the great architect, with an area of 10,405 square feet to which are added 1,5 acres, with swimming pool. The ground floor, open plan and in osmosis with the outdoor space, houses the living room, with a large reception area and the dining room; while upstairs there are five bedrooms.
Westhope is also known for being the subject of one of Wright’s most representative anecdotes. When Richard called him in the middle of a storm complaining that water was raining down on his desk from the ceiling, Wright replied, “Richard, why don’t you move your desk?”. At which, Richard’s wife, Georgia, concluded with another sentence passed down in history among architecture lovers: “This is what we get for leaving a work of art out in the rain”. Since then, however, the problem has been solved, also because Stuart Price – who bought the house in 2021 – has done important restoration work, remaking of the roof sheaths and also fixing the ruined textile blocks. And today the house is for sale for $7.9 million.