3083 North Park (1987)


This residence is situated on land which was formerly part of the estate of Frank Toplin. The estate was divided into three lots, allowing for the construction of two homes on the North Park frontage, one of which is the residence at 3083 North Park Boulevard. This house was designed by Whitely and Whitely International in 1972.


The house shows a strong Frank Lloyd Wright influence, including such features as the balconies, hipped roof, low chimney, and the design of the windows. The interior is open with a center two-story hall which reflects the Prairie School Design. Another feature is the large stone fireplace which serves as a wall between the living and dining rooms. The stones were selected and brought in by the owner and his sons. Parquet floors and fur rugs give a warmth and charm to the first-floor rooms. The house is skillfully constructed of natural materials to fit comfortably into a wooded setting. The owners have retained the landscape features of the Taplin estate and have added a spa as a second garden structure and an expansive redwood deck which overlooks the deep lawn behind the house.