One of Frank Lloyd Wright's final designs fetches $4.2 million

A restored farmhouse that is one of the latest designs by great architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been listed in Los Banos, California. ...


A restored farmhouse that is one of the latest designs by great architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been listed in Los Banos, California.

Built in 1961, the 4,041-square-foot property — better known as Fawcett Farm — was built for a farmer named Randall “Buck” Fawcett, best known for turning down an offer to play for the Chicago Bears on behalf of of the management of his family business, according to fresno bee.

Wright designed the house for him before his death in 1959, making it one of his last works, although it was erected posthumously.

For 48 years, Fawcett remained the sole owner of the property. After his death in 2009, Fawcett Farm was listed for the first time. In 2012, its new owners undertook a thorough and ultimately award-winning restoration of the property with the help of Wright’s apprentice and Taliesin associate architect Arthur Dyson – and consultation with Wright’s son, Eric Lloyd Wright, according to the bee.

Now he’s back on the market asking for $4.25 million.

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In 2012, the house underwent an award-winning renovation.
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It belonged to its original occupant until 2009.
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The house is one of Wright’s Usonian houses.
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The grounds include a Koi pond.
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The house has a swimming pool and a Japanese garden.
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Wright’s son helped consult on the renovation.
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There are about 60 Usonian houses in total.
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The resort is located on 76 acres.
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The house is located in Los Banos, California.
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The gated complex features a seven-bedroom, six-bathroom main residence with open-plan living, dining, and family areas, as well as multiple fireplaces and a laundry room. There is also a “small adjoining museum”, a large independent workshop, a swimming pool, a koi pond and a Japanese garden.

“Set on 76 acres of land in California’s Central Valley that Buck Fawcett called Wright the most fertile farmland in the world, the residence and surrounding gardens provide an island of peace rising from the crops and merging with the mountains. distant horizons”, the list – held by Crosby Doe Associates – describe.

The house is “considered by many to be one of the finest examples of Wright’s ‘Usonian’ houses”, noted the California Preservation Foundation Design Award in its description of the property, which won in 2019.

Usonian homes refer to the approximately 60 middle-income family homes Wright designed beginning in 1936.

“A strong visual connection between interior and exterior spaces is an important feature of all Usonian homes,” the Foundation explained.

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