The Benson House, 1981 – Frank Gehry, Architect
The Frank Gehry-designed Benson House — a Calabasas historic landmark — reflects the architect’s “deconstructed village” style. One part of the residence contains the main living spaces, another has the sleeping quarters, and the two are connected by wood bridges and exterior corridors.
A palette of materials such as asphalt roofing used for exterior sheathing, plywood both painted and unfinished, concrete floors, and unfinished exposed rafters provide striking contrasts and the suggestion of a house as yet unfinished.
Two bedrooms, a loft work space, and two bathrooms are separated from the open, voluminous living space with a third bathroom and laundry by exterior corridors and connected by wood bridges. Large windows capture stunning views of the Valley below.
Some of Gehry’s best-known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, Dancing House in Prague and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
Location: 23685 Clover Trails, Calabasas 91302
Asking price: $895,000
Year built: 1981
House size: Two bedrooms, three bathrooms, 1,719 square feet
Lot size: 15,116 square feet
Features: Concrete floors, exposed rafters, dining area, fireplace, loft, laundry room, expansive windows, mountain and valley views.
This landmarked home is being offered for the first time by the Benson Family.