Hello Readers! Today’s Fantasy is a bit different, as the inspiration came to me from a Cartoon! This house is a bit of a twofer because it is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Storer House, AND the home of The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch in the Venture Brothers, episode 304 “Home is Where the Hate Is”. In this episode, the show’s principal “villains” move to a new home in Malice, a gated community for super villains that is described as being “like Boca Raton on Halloween”. Check out the great sign for Malice, picture from AOLtv.
The moment I saw this house, I immediately saw that it was based on one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Textile Block Houses, built in the very obscure Mayan Revival style. However, there are not really any still shots of the house that are readily available, so we will look at the Storer House, one of the most famous Textile Block homes Wright designed, instead. But first, check out this still (from Adult Swim) of The Monarch looking out the window of the house, and anyone familiar with FLW will see why I was able to recognize it as a Wright House. Great Job Venture Creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer for conveying that in a cartoon!.
Oh, and on a really cool side note, film producer Joel Silver (of Die Hard and The Matrix fame) purchased the home in the 80’s and did a complete restoration with the assistance of FLW’s grandson, Eric. He also added in the pool that was originally planned for the house, but never built.
Home you enjoyed this example of cartoon living inspired by Architectural History.