John Sowden House, also known as the “Jaws House” or the “Franklin House”, – a residence built in 1926 in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, California is back on the market. The original owner, John Sowden, was a painter and photographer who hired his friend, Lloyd Wright (eldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright), to build their home in Los Feliz. The house has been recognized as one of Lloyd Wright’s most important works and a landmark in the Los Angeles area for its imposing Mayan-style front facade and temple-like features.
The house is noted for its use of ornamented concrete blocks and for its striking facade, resembling (depending on the viewer’s points of cultural reference) either a Mayan temple or the gaping open mouth of a great white shark.
Spanning 5,600 square feet, the residence is based around a courtyard which communicates with all areas of the home.
Beautifully renovated, the home now accommodates modern living while preserving the architects masterpiece.
Last year, the house was listed for $4,875,000, and now it can be yours for $4,799,000.