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Arthur Mathews House (1950)

Mathews House

The Mathews House sold on 9/9/22. View the property listing on Zillow.

Located in a quiet Atherton, California neighborhood and barely visible from the street, one could easily walk past the house. Typical of Wright’s structures, the red brick and wood Usonian-style design is definitely “one” with the surrounding landscape.  The ancient oak trees are serpent-like and watch over the Wisteria Way entrance. Designed in 1950, the structure has a diamond-shape layout with two separate and parallel wings that are connected at an angle by a dining area and central workspace which nicely frame a large terrace with a wall of windows.

There are built-ins, constructed of Philippine mahogany, but interestingly, none of the contained Wright-designed furniture was built specifically for the home. There does exist for the home a set of eight blueprints, which were sold at auction in 2013.

Unfortunately, little is known about the family that commissioned the Mathews House. But, according to a post on SaveWright.org:
A quick public records search indicates one family other than the Matthews living in the house in the 1960s; a sale in 1969 for $75,000; and another family living in the house now. Trulia, not always very reliable, estimates the market value at $3.2m.”

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Architecture and home design have always fascinated me. As a young girl I enjoyed drawing floor plans, rearranging my parent’s furniture and playing with Lincoln Logs and Legos.  My passion has always been the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Since I have been old enough to drive a car, I have visited Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Chicagoland area and attended the Wright Plus house walks. Now, as co-owners of Northern Sky Designs, my husband & I are able to combine our website design skills and FLW travels to bring you this website! Enjoy!

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