In 1929 Frank Lloyd Wright’s cousin Richard Lloyd Jones commissioned Wright to design a house for Jones’s family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Like a series of houses Wright designed in Los Angeles in the early 1920s, the Jones House, also known as Westhope, is built of Wright’s signature textile block. The finished house is unlike any other by Wright. Alternating columns of block and glazing break down the solidity of the exterior walls and a mottled light illuminates the interior.  The exterior is punctuated by several glazed, two-story elements that telescope from the main walls.

In 2021, the current owner, Stuart Price, purchased the house. Prior to that, the house had not been lived in for several years and was showing signs of neglect. Price has brought the house back to life through the restoration of the glazing, waterproofing and repainting of the block, restoration of the interior concrete floors and updating of the kitchen.

Current interior with restored concrete floor (courtesy of Rob Allen)

In 2018, Building Conservancy preservation programs manager was able to visit the property. His photos show the need the house had for attention of the sort that Price has given it.

2018 images of deteriorated elements of the house (photos by John Waters, AIA)

The series of photos below, comparing current photos with those taken by John Waters, graphically show the changes in the property. (Current photos courtesy of Rob Allen; 2018 photos by John Waters, AIA)

Current: view of entry from northeast

2018: view of entry from northeast

Current: view of entry from northeast

2018: view of fogged glazing

Current: view from north

2018: view from north

Current: view from north, detail of restored glazing

2018: view from north, detail of deteriorated glazing and masonry

Current: view from west of courtyard

2018: view from west of courtyard

Current: view of interior glazed area

2018: view of unrestored interior glazed area

2018: view of unrestored glazing and concrete

For more information on the sale of Westhope, go to the Building Conservancy’s Wright on the Market listing.

Posted January 17, 2024