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Interior life on Rodeo (really)

May 22, 2003|David Colker

The goods for sale along Beverly Hill's Rodeo Drive might be dazzling, but the buildings along the famed street are, for the most part, undistinguished bores. There's one true architectural gem, however -- a diminutive Frank Lloyd Wright creation known as Anderton Court.

Ex-showgirl Nina Anderton was a wealthy widow in 1952 when she commissioned the small complex to house her favorite couturier's shop. Wright designed a three-story structure built around an angular ramp that recalls one of his early designs for the Guggenheim in New York. Anderton skimped on the materials, but the building at 328 Rodeo Drive is still a break from its surroundings.

-- David Colker

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