Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olson on the ’50s Adventures of SupermanTV series, was a gay man with apparently world-class taste. Larson, who just passed in September and his late partner James Bridges (who died 25 years ago) are donating their art collection and this small but perfect Frank Lloyd Wright house in Brentwood to an auction to benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation which provides scholarships to high-school graduates who plan to major in film, TV, or theatre.
Completed in 1939, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sturges House has a dramatic cantilevered design with just 2 bedrooms and one bathroom but the master architect’s use of the surrounding landscape tricks the eye into believing the brick-and-concrete house is larger than it is. Part of it hovers over the hillside lot, making the home seem as if it were floating when viewed from the road below. There’s a large living-dining room with a fireplace and a basement that could be as more bedrooms. But the 17,000-square-foot lot is smaller than most in multi-million dollar homes in nearby Beverly Hills.
The couple also spent decades collecting modern art, including works by Alex Katz, David Hockney, Don Bachardy, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, Alberto Giacometti, Claes Oldenburg, Sam Francis and others which will also be up for auction. Wright-designed, as well as other furniture from house is being sold separately and this auction marks the first time Los Angeles Modern Auctions is auctioning a home as art. LAMA founder Peter Loughrey says the Sturges house offers,
”an opportunity to live inside a work of art.”
A spectacular house no doubt, but not many people who can spend $3 million on a house, want to live in 1200 square feet. The Larson/Bridges auction is February 21 at Los Angeles Modern Auction. You can find out more here.