House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California

America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed over 1,000 structures and pioneered the Prairie School of architecture.

Marked by flat roofs with overhanging eaves, windows grouped in bands, and horizontal lines meant to evoke the vast, flat expanses of America’s native prairie landscape, Wright believed in designing in harmony with nature – a philosophy he called organic architecture.

House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
A unique geometric motif recurs throughout the home.

The Prairie style was Wright’s attempt to create a uniquely American design. It was most popular in the Midwest where Wright was born and did most of his work.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Most Famous Work: Falling Water, Pennsylvania

Wright’s most famous work in his 70-year career is Falling Water in Pennsylvania.

Built over a waterfall, it epitomizes organic architecture and the Prairie School. Falling Water was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with seven other Wright homes.

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House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
The period look has been meticulously maintained.

Frank Lloyd Wright House: The Fawcett Farm

One of Wright’s final projects was a stately home on a 96-acre ranch in Los Banos, California known as The Fawcett Farm.

House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
Marble and hardwoods enhance the shower.

A Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House

Considered a “Usonian” home, a word coined by the architect to describe the New World character of America’s architectural landscape, it belongs to a group of 60 single-family homes designed in the latter part of Wright’s career.

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House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
The master suite has tranquil views.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Last Works

Melding elements of the mid-century-modern style with Wright’s Prairie School, the house was completed two years after Wright’s death in 1959.

The house’s original owners, Stanford football-star Buck Fawcett and his wife, built the home themselves from Wright’s plans.

Meticulously preserved and restored in consultation with Frank’s grandson, architect Eric Lloyd Wright, the estate is being offered for sale at US$4.25 million. 

House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
Classic hardwood built-ins are mid-century perfection.

The 4,000 square foot home boasts seven bedrooms and six full baths. Featuring a gorgeous geometric motif, walls of glass with hardwood frames, and the characteristic flat roof with overhanging eaves, the home is unique and striking.

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House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
The kitchen is spacious with a stone-topped island.

Classic, Mid-Century Design by Frank Lloyd Wright

An open floor plan connects the living, dining, and family areas. Classic mid-century wooden built-ins including cabinets, shelving, and seating continue the geometric motif.

Fireplaces adorn the living room, family room, and master bedroom. Pastoral and mountain vistas provide an atmosphere of gentle tranquility from the home’s many windows.

House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
Skylights in the awning provide dappled light.

Both the master bedroom and the entertaining spaces open onto the property’s outdoor pool deck and patio area.

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House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
The farm’s 96 acres include gorgeous gardens.

In addition to a gorgeous recessed pool, the landscaped grounds include palm trees, stone walkways, a Japanese garden, and a koi pond with a waterfall. The bulk of the acreage is devoted to cropland, providing an opportunity for commercial agricultural production.

The property is also zoned for horses. A detached workshop and a small museum complete the estate, which is fully gated and protected by modern security systems. 

House Tour: A Frank Lloyd Wright House, Prairie Style, in California
Mature palms offer quintessential California vibes.

Los Banos, in California’s San Joaquin Valley, is known for its fertile agricultural land and friendly community. On the edge of a vast complex of preserved wetlands, it is a haven for waterfowl as well as fishers, hunters and birdwatchers.

Numerous hiking trails and outdoor recreation opportunities abound, while a well-preserved historic downtown known as Henry Miller Square offers shopping and dining. 

The listing is held by Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates. Photos courtesy Crosby Doe. This article was originally published in Top Ten Real Estate Deals.