The late architect Blaine Drake relished in the desert environment. A native of Utah, he spent much of his successful career advocating for energy-efficient structures that both respected and harnessed the unique landscape. One such design, a residential project that Drake completed in 1960, recently listed in the red-rock oasis of Paradise Valley, Arizona.
According to historical records from Arizona State University, Drake first met the noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright during a lecture he attended while studying at U.C. Berkeley. Drake went on to spend several years studying as one of Wright's original apprentices—first at Taliesin in 1933, then at Taliesin West in Arizona, where he eventually established his own Phoenix-area practice in 1945. Drake retired forty years later in 1985 having received national and international recognition for his work.
While Drake also designed apartment buildings and churches, many of his two hundred designs were single-family homes. This Paradise Valley example preserves many original architectural details, including exposed wood beam construction, natural wood finishes, and a floating steel fireplace. Although the current owners have completed several additions during their long-time residence, the resulting whole pays homage to Drake's characteristic aesthetic. Keep scrolling to see more of this desert-modern abode, currently listed for $1,495,000.