This Midcentury Home Was Designed by a Lloyd Wright Protégé. A San Diego Couple Just Freshened It Up

After discovering a one-of-a-kind residence in La Jolla, Paul Basile and Jules Wilson only enhanced Frederick Liebhardt’s original vision.

They say there’s never a perfect moment to buy a home, and that was certainly the case for designers Paul Basile and Jules Wilson. "We had only been dating for a year and I had just purchased a condo in a high-rise in downtown San Diego," explains Paul. At the same time, the couple had fallen in love with a midcentury residence in the La Jolla neighborhood: it had asymmetric lines, impeccable woodwork, and having been designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright protégé, echoes of the famous architect’s Arizona home. If Jules and Paul were going to make it their first home together, there was just one problem: "It wasn’t livable," says Paul.

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Kate Reggev
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