This Italianate-style residence is one of the few remaining homes in Los Angeles from the 1870s. An early resident was Mary Foy, L.A.'s first female chief librarian and a leader in the women's suffrage movement
Starting with a Dutch Colonial Revival and building around it, Gehry would strip much of the interior while adding a new exterior of wood clad in plywood, glass, corrugated metal, and chain-link fencing.
The only complete prefab building system created in the immediate postwar period featured an innovative framing system based on the "wedge connector," an X-shaped, cast-steel mechanism within wood-framed panels.
The Harriet and Samuel Freeman House is the smallest of Frank Lloyd Wright's textile block houses in Southern California. Under the ownership of the Freeman's until 1986, the property gained a rich architectural and cultural legacy.