There are many things to say about the George D. Sturges Residence, and over the past few months—speaking with collectors, design lovers, and the media as we prepare for our February 21st sale—I’ve said a lot. But here I want to describe perhaps the most important aspect of the Sturges Residence: its atmosphere; the ambiance—what it is that gives the house its special sense of place. The feeling of being inside the Sturges Residence is a little hard to convey. It’s warm; it’s embracing. Inside the dark, wood-paneled rooms with logs crackling in the big brick fireplace, you experience a sense of serenity and security. You feel instantly at home.
The actor and playwright Jack Larson and film director and writer James Bridges were gentlemen of the old school–talented, creative, cultured, thoughtful, generous, and supportive of each other and of their friends. They found each other and made a life together in a different Hollywood era. Together they supported budding artists in the Los Angeles art scene from the early 1960s through the 1980s. On February 21, 2016, LAMA will offer a selection of fine art and design from their personal collection, in addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sturges Residence (1939), all of which will be sold to benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation.