Lot 168 of 168:
Frank Lloyd Wright designs ranch house in Los Banos, Cal.  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$2,400
Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
Ranch House for Mr. & Mrs. Randall Fawcett. Taliesin West WH57101. Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect

Author:
Wright, Frank Lloyd

Place:
Scottsdale, AZ

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Date:
c.1955

Description:

[1], 50 leaves, mimeographed or blueprint typescript on rectos only, with some color pencil markings and notes to the blueprint pages. Plus an original pencil design on tissue of the living room fireplace grate; a mimeograph(?) of the design for the playroom fireplace grate; and two loose leaves of blueprint typescript of specification for the heating of the ranch house. 28x23 cm (11x9"), in a two-prong report binder.

Detailed "Specifications for Ranch House for Mr. and Mrs. Randall Fawcett, Merced County, California. Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect." The plan for the building process is outlined in depth, including the materials to be used, the distribution of the drawings, the order of construction of various parts, etc.

Of all the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in California, the Randall Fawcett House is in one of the most improbable locations.
 
It's not in a city or even a town. Instead, it's situated in the middle of farmland outside the town of Los Banos, CA. You might think that its original owners heeded Wright's advice about choosing a location to go as far away from cities as they could - and then go 10 miles farther, but the reason it's there is simpler than that.
 
Randall "Buck" Fawcett was a star college football player, drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1944. When his father became ill, he changed his plans and moved back home to California's Central Valley to run the family farm. He met Frank Lloyd Wright while he and his wife Harriett were taking an architecture course at Stanford University.
 
Wright designed the Fawcett House in 1955 and construction was completed in 1961, two years after Wright's death. It was the third-to-last California residence created by the famous architect.
 
The house has six bedrooms and 4.5 baths and is a spacious 3,800 square feet of living space sitting in the middle of 80 acres of farmland. It's constructed using battered concrete block, a technique that creates a wall that slopes inward as it rises.
 
It's a long, flat house that mimics its surrounding landscape. The layout includes a midsection with two wings at 60/120-degree angles. Inside, the concrete floor is inscribed with triangles, a geometric feature that also appears in cut-out wood screens, lighting fixtures, and the fascia of the roof.
 
The living room fireplace is a massive affair, 12 feet wide. The living area is an open-plan room, but the house has a formal dining room.
 
Outside is a Koi pond and swimming pool

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Item number:
308472
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