Harriet and Randall Fawcett House
N 36° 58.434 W 120° 51.107
10S E 691217 N 4094133
Quick Description: The Fawcett House is one of three Usonians in California's central valley with this one being in the most unlikely of locations--farm and dairy land well beyond the outskirts of a town better known for its split-pea soup travelers stop...
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 3/24/2007 10:12:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM1BFP
We had the fortune of touring the house in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright conference held in September 2003 in San Francisco. We had to come back with our GPSr to claim the Frank Lloyd Wright locationess cache (visit link
) . The home is still a private residence so please do not disturb.
Constructed of battered concrete block, the plan is sort of "H" or "K" plan with wings at 60/120 degree angles.
The house is noted for the flower planter, more commonly found in Wright designs of 50 years before, found on top of one of the walls near the entrance. I have seen photos of it, but don't recall seeing it in person. The yard is beautifully landscaped with a Koi pond and swimming pool.
Robert Beharka spent 18 months supervising construction and then settled in Los Banos to establish his own architectural practice. We also toured a house of his design and you can clearly see the Wrightian influence.
This entry was originally posted as our Frank Lloyd Wright locationless find on April 10, 2004.
The Fawcett House is currently on the market after the passing of "Buck" Randall Fawcett in 2006. Check out a recent article on the house in the San Francisco Chronicle (visit link
10/31/10 Note: The Fawcett House is back on the Market. Take the splendid virtual tour to see it better than when I toured it in person and what could be yours if you have a spare $2M in your pocket and don't mind living in Los Banos (visit link