starting from: $5,750
Spiritual Center: A collection of new antique artifacts have been added to the home including an enormous Indonesian Buddha that looks out from atop the master bedroom, an antique Chinese dowry chest, Japanese tansus converted to bathroom cabinets, and a 400 year-old Quan Yin statue. All of these new design elements harmonize with the rustic details around the door frames and the Mayan-influenced stone work.
History in the making: In 1926, Lloyd Wright, son of America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, built the Sowden House for photographer John Sowden. The home utilized Wright’s philosophies as a landscape architect to emphasize the elements of nature by a floor plan where all rooms opened to a central courtyard. Hand cast, sand-coloured concrete blocks emblazoned with images of harvest, water, clouds, and sun were stacked together in such a way that the house became an homage to the pyramids of ancient Mayan civilization.
The Sowden House, in its modern incarnation, has served as the set for countless films, TV shows, and commercials including Martin Scorcese’s “Aviator” about the high drama life of Howard Hughes, various episodes of “America’s Next Top Model”, and an American Express commercial featuring Ellen DeGeneres. Steeped in Hollywood history, it continues to reveal new facets of its relationship to stardom, while at the same time taking on new life as a center for creativity and healing.