Seller Story: Ruth Ross Estate, Los Angeles, CA


Built in 1957 by Eric Lloyd Wright, grandson of the famed architect Frank, the Ruth Ross house overlooks the Silverlake Reservoir, and is known in the Los Angeles neighborhood as a jewel of Mid Century Modern design. A longtime Silverlake resident, Ross (1933-2016) was an arts patron and political science professor whose resume included positions at CSU Long Beach, UC Santa Barbara and Claremont Men’s College. During one point in her career, she taught at her alma mater, Thomas Starr King Middle School, and it was there that she met Rupert Pole; one of two husbands of lionized essayist Anaïs Nin. The women struck up a friendship. “Anaïs encouraged Ruth, who had purchased a Spanish-style casita in Silverlake, to have Wright, who was then an apprentice to his grandfather, build on top of it,” notes the new owner. (Nin knew Wright through her mother, who had married him). “This is the first home he built on his own.”

Not only a Silverlake landmark, the home also served as a gallery for Ross to display her own collection of Native American and Primitive art. The new owner is selling items from that collection, along with furniture, jewelry and books, including various tomes of Frank Lloyd Wright and a first edition from Anaïs Nin. “I love the story behind the house, it has amazing history," he says. "And I love Ruth’s story as well. I love seeing her books in the offices, and Hallmark cards she received on her desk. I feel like I’m connected to it in some way.”

Seller Story: Ruth Ross Estate, Los Angeles, CA
Seller Story: Ruth Ross Estate, Los Angeles, CA
14K Yellow Gold, White Sapphire, and Synthetic Ruby Dangle Earrings

14K Yellow Gold, White Sapphire, and Synthetic Ruby Dangle Earrings

Final Bid:
$182
Antique Folding Travel Desk

Antique Folding Travel Desk

Final Bid:
$157
Amado M. Pena Signed Art Print

Amado M. Pena Signed Art Print

Final Bid:
$14
Hand Made and Decorated Planter

Hand Made and Decorated Planter

Final Bid:
$22
Vintage Handbuilt Stoneware Pot

Vintage Handbuilt Stoneware Pot

Final Bid:
$16
Amado M. Pena Watercolor on Paper

Amado M. Pena Watercolor on Paper

Final Bid:
$250
Hand Woven Native American Style Area Rug

Hand Woven Native American Style Area Rug

Final Bid:
$157
Collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Books

Collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Books

Final Bid:
$60
Handwoven Native American Style Baskets

Handwoven Native American Style Baskets

Final Bid:
$150
Chinese Reticulated Celadon Vase with Stand

Chinese Reticulated Celadon Vase with Stand

Final Bid:
$73
Vintage Framed Bullriding Serigraph

Vintage Framed Bullriding Serigraph

Final Bid:
$133
Ceramic Pot with Metal Stand

Ceramic Pot with Metal Stand

Final Bid:
$112
Hand Painted Native American Vessel

Hand Painted Native American Vessel

Final Bid:
$108
Boaz Wakes Up and Sees Ruth at His Feet Lithograph After Marc Chagall

Boaz Wakes Up and Sees Ruth at His Feet Lithograph After Marc Chagall

Final Bid:
$90
Mission Style Stained Glass Table Lamp

Mission Style Stained Glass Table Lamp

Final Bid:
$55
Vintage Mid Century Modern Rolling Tray Table

Vintage Mid Century Modern Rolling Tray Table

Final Bid:
$64
Hand Carved Monkey Curtain Tie Backs

Hand Carved Monkey Curtain Tie Backs

Final Bid:
$66
J.R. Meyers Acoma Pottery Jar

J.R. Meyers Acoma Pottery Jar

Final Bid:
$41
Hopi Style Kachina Doll

Hopi Style Kachina Doll

Final Bid:
$56
Hand Thrown Stoneware Native American Style Bowl

Hand Thrown Stoneware Native American Style Bowl

Final Bid:
$87
Hand Carved Sepik River Sculpture

Hand Carved Sepik River Sculpture

Final Bid:
$48
R & L Watkins Column Shelf Clock

R & L Watkins Column Shelf Clock

Final Bid:
$22
Vintage Footed Hope Chest

Vintage Footed Hope Chest

Final Bid:
$80
Abstract Paper Mache Sculpture

Abstract Paper Mache Sculpture

Final Bid:
$12
Pair of Danish Modern End Tables

Pair of Danish Modern End Tables

Final Bid:
$90
Native American Style Sterling and Leather Concho Belt

Native American Style Sterling and Leather Concho Belt

Final Bid:
$632
Huichol Style Wall Piece

Huichol Style Wall Piece

Final Bid:
$90
Ittuk Ainalik Inuit Serpentine Carving

Ittuk Ainalik Inuit Serpentine Carving

Final Bid:
$110
Abstract Dancing Bull Sculpture

Abstract Dancing Bull Sculpture

Final Bid:
$60
After Frank Lloyd Wright "Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers" Glass Screen

After Frank Lloyd Wright "Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers" Glass Screen

Final Bid:
$265
9K White Gold and Tanzanite Stud Earrings

9K White Gold and Tanzanite Stud Earrings

Final Bid:
$110
1930s Sessions Banjo Clock

1930s Sessions Banjo Clock

Final Bid:
$60
Vintage Copy of "The Illiad of Homer" by W.C. Bryant.

Vintage Copy of "The Illiad of Homer" by W.C. Bryant.

Final Bid:
$55
Native Northwest Style Painted Wood Whale Art

Native Northwest Style Painted Wood Whale Art

Final Bid:
$80
After C. B. Gruel Silkscreen on Rice Paper

After C. B. Gruel Silkscreen on Rice Paper

Final Bid:
$95
Hand Painted Coil Built Native American Vessel

Hand Painted Coil Built Native American Vessel

Final Bid:
$76
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Seller Story: Ruth Ross Estate, Los Angeles, CA

Do you have a sense of what Ruth was like?

Remembrances describe her as dedicated to many women’s causes, and she was a huge supporter of the arts. She was a patron of the Barnsdall Art Park and the Shoenfeld Endowed Scholarship Fund for Strings Students at USC.

Tell us about the architecture of the house.

It’s a timeless Mid-Century classic with a great indoor/outdoor feel.

What’s your favorite part of the property?

More than anything, I love the study. There’s a huge book collection, and many pieces there as Ruth left them. She lived in that house for 60 years, and you really feel it when you go into the study. You feel the history of the house. It has all of the Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin books; she considered both authors friends.

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