What’s next for the modestly proportioned home in Bunker Hill Village that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1954 for insurance executive William Thaxton (top and middle photos) and the more recent, more commodious addition (above) of 1995 by Bob Inaba of Kirksey Architecture? The pedigreed and restored property, on a cul-de-sac off Strey Ln., which peels off Memorial Dr. east of Gessner, landed on the market Monday with a $3.195 million asking price. That’s a bit less than the $3.5 million sought in 2010 when owner Allen Gaw previously tried to move on — but a little more than the $2.9 million that earlier listing shrunk to after a year of no takers.
The original property is one of Wright’s smaller “Usonian” houses, which were meant to cater to a more middle-class market, back in the day. That didn’t necessarily mean the spaces were especially functional, however, and various owners took various cracks at resolving the 1,200-sq.-ft. property’s space-storage-floorplan quirks. By 1991, the home was demolition bound. The preservation-minded current owner stepped in and the story-and-a-half annex soon followed, full of more family-friendly space. Among the original flourishes kept intact are sections of the red concrete floors — with air conditioning vents inserted in them (above).
A section of built-in sofa is another Wright touch:
But the cave-like qualities created by the ceilings of the original home are gone in the headroom-aplenty addition:
Steel-framed windows keep the Wright stuff on display across the courtyard formed by the U-shaped addition.
There are 6 (or 7) bedrooms and 6 and a half bathrooms in all:
Add the loft to the floor plan and the home’s total square footage hits 9,125, the listing says. Otherwise, it’s a 8,026-sq.-ft. home, most of which is the annex. The lot is 51,727 sq. ft. and it sits behind a gate.
- 12020 Tall Oaks St. [HAR]
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