"Westhope" - Richard Lloyd Jones ResidenceEdit
Wright's only concrete block/ textile block home outside of California.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 1929
Built for Wright's cousin, Richard Lloyd Jones, the founder and publisher of the Tulsa Tribune newspaper. A unique design feature is its alternating columns of glass and concrete block walls. Westhope is one of the largest Wright residences boasting over 8,400 square feet with five fireplaces, a five-car garage and huge driveway for its day. This home is viewed by some as the beginning of Wright's Usonian period which was characterized by the usage of common, natural materials in smaller, more affordable and less-ornate homes (even though this home is quite large, ornate, and was very expensive to build).
The flat roof of the home became notorious for leaking during rain storms. One humorous story says that Richard Lloyd Jones once called Wright to tell him that the roof was leaking on his desk. Wright replied, "Richard, move the desk."
Many considered this home to be quite unattractive and downright ugly.
Wright, however, upon a visit to the site, is said to have exclaimed, "The damn thing's more beautiful than I ever imagined!" - Tulsa World Real Estate Guide. December 8, 1991
Private residence. Not open to the public, ALTHOUGH, the Tulsa Historical Society has Westhope listed in its Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed driving tour (INTERIOR TOUR, if available). http://www.tulsahistory.org/events/deco_tours.htm
The Richard Lloyd Jones residence - "Westhope" - is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (#75001575).
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