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Inside Patrick Dempsey's Early Frank Gehry House in Malibu

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[Photos by Roger Davies/Architectural Digest]

With all of starchitect Frank Gehry's large-scale urban projects these days, it's interesting to look back at some of his small, earlier work, like this three-bedroom 1968 house in Malibu now owned by Grey's Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey and his family, even if the house has been deGehryfied a bit. In a recent interview in Architectural Digest (via our pals at Curbed National), it's explained that the 5,500-square-foot structure was originally designed to be a studio and home for abstract artist Ron Davis. A couple of "spa entrepreneurs" eventually bought it for $2 million and flipped the heck out of it, selling it to Dempsey in 2010 for $7 million.

The Dempseys put their own spin on the space, deciding they needed less of a "rhomboidal corrugated-metal-clad live/work space" and more of a place where their children could play. Domesticating the house meant adding a kitchen with a dedicated pizza oven, converting a horse-riding arena into gardening beds, and bringing in a menagerie (miniature donkeys!). Voila! It's a home.
· Patrick Dempsey's Welcoming Malibu Home [AD]
· Inside Patrick Dempsey's Domesticated Frank Gehry Design [Curbed National]