Frank Lloyd Wright’s Only House in Tulsa, Oklahoma Heads to Auction – Rob Report
Sarah Strunk Photography / Sage Sotheby’s International Realty
As the story goes, Frank Lloyd Wright was experiencing some career stagnation in the late 1920s when his cousin, Tulsa Tribune Publisher Richard Lloyd-Jones asked the legendary architect to create a home for him on what was then Tulsa’s southern suburbs. One of only three buildings designed by Wright in Oklahoma—including the Price Tower and the Harold Price Jr. House—the textile block residence was built at a total cost of more than $100,000, or $60,000 over the original estimate.
Last sold to local developer Stuart Price of Price Family Properties for $2.5 million in October 2021 — and subsequently restored and updated, complete with extensive alterations to the exterior, glasswork and landscaping — the landmark property made its debut on the market in April with the offering of a plot Small, less than $8 million. It is now being auctioned without reserve in association with Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions, with bidding expected to start between $1.5 million and $3.25 million.
This home is truly a piece of art, according to listing agent Rob Allen of Sage Sotheby’s International Realty. “In addition to being one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s largest works, it is his only house to own the canvas outside of California — where they commanded some of his highest prices,” he says.
In 2019, for example, architect Ennis House in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles sold for a record $18 million, the highest amount ever paid for a Wright-designed home.
Completed nearly a century ago and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1970s, the “Westhope” (also referred to as “The Big House”) features five bedrooms and an equal number of bathrooms in just over 10,400 square metres. . ft. of two-level living space. There are original stained concrete floors, casement windows, built-ins and extensive expanses of glazing throughout.
Tucked away on a nearly two-acre lot—in Tulsa’s affluent downtown neighborhood, near the area’s bustling retail and commercial districts—the stunning cement block and glass-columned residence is highlighted by a spacious formal living room containing one of five BEDROOM Wood-burning fireplaces are scattered throughout the home, along with a dining room equipped with a wet bar and an updated kitchen equipped with double islands and stainless appliances.
Elsewhere in the house is an office boasting original bookcases and another glass-lined living room, as well as a master retreat containing a dressing room/closet space and a bathroom. Outdoors, the grassy backyard hosts a swimming pool, koi pond and several spots perfectly suited for outdoor relaxation and entertaining. There’s also an 800-square-foot guest apartment and an attached five-car garage.
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