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Lloyd Wright home

Jane Gilman
Edition: 3/29/2002

Jane's file: lloyd wright


Frank Lloyd Wright was supposed to design a home for William Weber in the Wilshire Park area, but his son, Lloyd Wright Jr., took over the commission so his father could complete work on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

The current owner of the Prairie Craftsman style home at 3923 W. 9th St. is in the process of restoring the 1921 home originally built for William Weber, owner of the Weber Showcase Co.

The two-story house features a stucco and wood trim exterior, art glass mullions, a sleeping porch and built-in cabinetry.

Stephen Rebello, the own-er-restorer, has received approval from the Cultural Heritage Commission to have his home designated an Historic-Cultural Monument.

Supporting Rebello's request was Eric Lloyd Wright, son of the architect. He wrote, in part, "It is my father's first architectural project and is unique in the body of the work. It remains an important example of this style seldom seen in Los Angeles."

Rebello is an author of books on arts and entertainment such as "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho." He is also a screenwriter and contributes to magazines such as Playboy and Gentleman's Quarterly.

A supporter of the Craftsman style Gamble House, Rebello has decorated the home with the arts and crafts furniture that he has been collecting for the past 20 years. His immediate plans are to restore the kitchen and bathrooms. "I am a proponent of bringing the home back to the mood reflecting the time it was built."

The house will star in a PBS documentary on political activist Emma Goldman.


Wright's first project gains cultural heritage status


THIS PRAIRIE CRAFTSMAN STYLE home was built in 1921 in Wilshire Park.