“Design Home by Frank Lloyd Wright”
The Randall Fawcett House is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian home in Los Banos, California. The home was designed in 1955 and completed in 1961. The original owners, Randall "Buck" and Harriet Fawcett, met Wright while taking an architecture course at Stanford University. Buck Fawcett was a star college football player, selected by the Chicago Bears in the 1944 NFL Draft. Instead, he returned to work the Los Banos farm that his father had homesteaded, after the patriarch became seriously ill with valley fever. Constructed of battered (sloped) concrete block, the plan is sort of "H" or "K" plan with wings at 60/120 degree angles. The broad copper fascia and horizontal roof line lay flat and long like the 80 acres (320,000 m2) of crop fields the house rests on. The yard is beautifully landscaped with a Koi pond and swimming pool.The house has a shallow, circular flower planter, more commonly found in Wright designs of 50 years before, on top of one of the walls near the entrance. The hearth’s 12’ wide fireplace rises tall and grand to the left of the entrance. Living spaces incorporate 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, open plan living room, dining room, & kitchen formalized by ornamental screens, a utility-store room and central laundry.
Drove out to see the house and it was all fenced off!! Cool to see from afar but we would have loved to spend an hour or so seeing the inside of the house and learning more about the architecture and owner. At least it's not too far off the 5!!
Sure, you can't walk up and around the grounds. But very cool architecture, sweet photo op. And only a 15min stop.
Wonderful house. It was fenced in, but it was worth the stop, nonetheless. If you're a FLW fan, make the stop.
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