April 18, 2009 Frank Lloyd Wright

1982 Organic Modern by Frank Lloyd Wright Protege Aaron Green – $1.395 Million

Moss-Rosenbaum Residence by Aaron Green

California Architect Aaron Green, who died in 2001, was a protege and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright and it definitely shows in the Moss-Rosenbaum residence located here in the Palisades. Green, who ran Wright’s West coast office for many years, developed his own organic style of architecture beyond Wright’s.

“During his 60-plus-year career, Green designed more than 200 homes, often of brick and stone and natural wood, long and low to the ground, with open plans and walls of glass, broad brick chimneys, bravely cantilevered eaves and decks and roofs shaped liked arrowheads,” writer Dave Weinstein explains in an interesting piece. “… Green produced homes that can be exciting and full of movement from one prospect, warm and relaxing from another. Zigzagging rooflines, dramatic asymmetric or triangular clerestory windows, and two-story living-dining- kitchen areas surrounding immense fireplaces provide the excitement. Low-slung, built-in couches facing the hearth, indoor gardens beneath skylights and half- hidden bedrooms provide a meditative respite.”

Like Wright’s Fallingwater, this 3/3.5 cedar-clad home was built over water. “Two steep slopes and a brook are the challenging features of this heavily wooded lot on the palisades of the Potomac River,” according to a description on the architect’s web site. “A special effort was made to keep the quarter-acre site in it’s natural state. The design solution was to suspend the residence above the ravine and allow the creek to flow naturally beneath. Only two trees were cut to make room for the structure, leaving the house nestled snugly amongst the forest of vegetation rising from the ravine floor. “