On the First Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s La Miniatura in Sixteen Years


Yesterday was a red letter day for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. The heavy gates of his La Miniatura house were thrown open and guests were invited in to tour the place, built in Pasadena in the early 1920s for Alice Millard and constructed from concrete blocks. According to the LA Times, over a thousand people attended the very rare occasion when the house is made available for tours. Here’s a collection of photos on Flickr from people who were on the tour and here’s a bit from the first hand report:

The event, the first public opening of the house since 1992, was sponsored by Friends of the Gamble House.

Andy Brokenshire, a self-proclaimed “huge fan” of Wright, flew five hours from Toronto to tour the house, which is in the midst of a years-long restoration.

“His stuff is just magnificent,” said Brokenshire, who works in advertising. “I remember as a kid seeing this house in a book. It’s wild to think that I’m actually going into it.”

Ducking to avoid a low ceiling as he headed up a staircase, Brokenshire described the famed architect as fascinating but arrogant. “It’s said that he designed everything to human scale,” he said. “That would be 5 foot 7, like him.”

Elsewhere, and something you might have missed, we found this really interesting profile in the NY Times about Marion Mahony, the first woman to obtain an architecture license in Illinois and an artist who worked for Wright for over a decade, responsible for the renderings for many of his most famous buildings.