Nevertheless, Ronald Reagan delivered a sharp speech during his reign at this famous site.
In full, Fawcett Farm’s open living plan spans seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, kitchen, service room with laundry, living room with fireplaces, family room, and master bedroom. A “small, semi-attached museum”, a separate workshop, swimming pool, koi pond, and Japanese garden decorate its exterior.
Wright’s distinctively American style refers to the nearly 60 homes he designed for middle-class families beginning in 1936, with the Herbert Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin. Of sustainable methods such as solar heating, passive cooling and natural light through casement windows.
In 1944, Stanford University football star Buck Fawcett turns down a project with the Chicago Bears to tend to his family’s farm. His father, founder of the Producers Cotton Oil Company, had fallen ill. Fawcett commissioned Wright to design this home, which is located on 76 acres at 21200 Center Ave. in Los Banos, California, after the two met while Fawcett was taking an architecture class at Stanford.
Upon seeing photos of the site, Wright famously said, “There’s not a lot of beauty out there.” Fawcett replied, “Indeed, Mr. Wright, California’s Central Valley contains the most fertile farmland in the world, and you should consider it an honor to build a home there!”
Wright finished the design for Fawcett Farm in 1955, making it among the last structures envisioned by the architect before his death in 1959. It was constructed posthumously in 1961, and is a utilitarian emblem for its distinct organic architecture. Wright once said, “We no longer have an outside and an inside as two separate things.” “They are from each other.”
To that end, Fawcett Farm’s listing reads, “The residence and surrounding gardens offer an island of peace rising from the crops and merging with the distant mountains on the distant horizon.” Meanwhile, Wright orientated the house to protect it from the heat and winds of the valley while offering sweeping views of the coastal mountains to the west.
According to the New York PostFawcett remained sole owner of the property until his death in 2009. The new owners, a married couple, brought it together in 2012 and hired Wright apprentice Arthur Dyson to restore the space. With consultation from the architect’s grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright, they retooled the landscape and gardens – and beefed up security.
Their work won a 2019 award from the California Preservation Foundation, selected by a jury of leading architects, engineers and journalists, with a focus beyond urban centers.
It’s probably the only real farmhouse [Wright] Dyson told the Eichler Network after they received the award. At least in California.
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