“Eaglefeather” was the name Frank Lloyd Wright gave to a dramatic mountain house that was to have culminated 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 master plan took the first definitive look at the restoration of a residential complex dating from 1940-54. The owner envisioned a restored complex devoted to cultural activities and special events. The 432 square foot “Retreat” was singled out as a test-case for future on-site restoration and rehabilitation means and methods. 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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