“Eaglefeather” was the name Frank Lloyd Wright gave to a dramatic mountain house that was to have been the cynosure of a complex of residential buildings above Malibu for radio, TV and film maven Arch Oboler. World War II and personal tragedies of the owner intervened, to prevent the realization of Eaglefeather. But many other buildings were built, and the name was extended by a new owner to signify the entirety of this 107-acre property in the Santa Monica Mountains. Our new master plan — coming almost 60 years after the first building was completed — took a definitive look at the restoration of a residential complex dating from 1940-54, and the construction of appropriate new facilities integrating with the Wright compound and devoted to cultural activities. A one-acre pond was the first element of the master plan installed, a focal point for all the buildings, restored and new, constructed largely of Wright’s signature “desert masonry,” first used at Taliesin West.


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