Fabulous Faucett Farm, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Seeks a New Owner to Preserve its Legacy

Fabulous Faucett Farm, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Seeks a New Owner to Preserve its Legacy
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Aside from the hundreds of private homes Frank Lloyd Wright designed over the course of his lengthy professional career, he also designed numerous offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums, and of course, skyscrapers.

As a matter of fact, according to Arthur Dyson, the former dean of Wright's Taliesin West institute, Wright only ever designed one farmhouse - the Fawcett Residence in Los Banos, California, located in the San Joaquin Valley.

It was Wright's final three projects, and was completed in 1961, two years after he died at the age of 91, on 76 acres in the rural San Joaquin Valley.

Having first met Wright while taking an architecture class at Stanford University, Randall "Buck" Fawcett, a dairy farmer who had met Wright while taking a class in architecture at Stanford, and his wife, Harriet Driscoll Fawcett, commissioned the Usonian-style house. 

Over the course of two years, the couple spent the better part of their weekends building the 4,041-square-foot house themselves.

The plan of the seven-bedroom, six-bath residence is triangular in shape, with the two wings of the house extending at 60- and 120-degree angles from the living room/kitchen core to bedrooms on one side of the residence and the dining room and recreation room on the opposite side.

As is typical for FLW buildings, a concrete block exterior, a horizontal roofline with a dramatic overhang, and a stylized copper covering are just a few of its signature features. Wright also designed many of the interior features, including a 12-foot-wide fireplace, a swiveling glass door wall, clerestory windows, mahogany wall paneling, built-in furniture and light fixtures, as well as stained-glass windows in the original structure.

It was revealed by Rich Report that the property comes with a small museum that is semi-attached to the property, as well as a large detached workshop, a swimming pool, a koi pond, and a Japanese garden designed by Buck Fawcett and Jim Kamimoto.

Over the course of over half a century, the Fawcett family held on to the bespoke farmhouse. When it was purchased in 2012 by Ken and Carrie Cox for $1.6 million, they embarked on a comprehensive restoration of the building that was directed by Taliesin Associate architect Arthur Dyson with input from Eric Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson, who was on site when the house was originally built. 

The restoration was overseen by Arthur Dyson. A number of awards were presented to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy as well as the California Preservation Foundation in recognition of the restoration work.

As the Coxes have owned the Fawcett farm for the past ten years, they are seeking the next stewards to take over the farm. However, given the farm's remote location in Central California, two hours from San Francisco and four hours from Los Angeles, it might take some time for this rare pot to find an architecture lover's lid.

Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates is currently listing the one-of-a-kind property for an asking price of $4.25 million for the opportunity to own it.

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