After apprenticing under Frank Lloyd Wright as a Taliesin fellow in the mid-1940s, architect Foster Rhodes Jackson made his way to Southern California, where he launched his own practice in 1946. Jackson designed a number of houses in the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys, most notably his own residence in La Verne’s bucolic Live Oak Canyon, which is now on the market.
According to Alan Hess’ book Forgotten Modern, Jackson worked on the home from 1955 until his death in 1998, viewing it as “an ongoing laboratory for design and construction.” Set on the crest of the hill, the organic modern draws comparison to Taliesin West in its use of battered concrete embedded with fieldstone from local creeks.
Measuring 3,628 square feet, the three-bedroom home has been updated since it last changed hands in 2003. Features include an enormous great room with double-height ceilings and massive glass panels. There are also multiple stone fireplaces, concrete floors, a studio/workshop, separate guest quarters, and a saltwater pool with spa.
On a secluded 9.97-acre lot east of the Live Oak Canyon Reservoir, the unique property is asking $5 million. Broker Dennis Miers has the listing.