The Harriet and Randall Fawcett Residence, 1961
From the air, midway between Monterey and Yosemite, with its pool, pond and palms, Fawcett Residence is an oasis amid the checkerboard farms of the great San Joaquin Valley. With 76 rich fertile acres, the property fits naturally within a peaceful rural community context. Its self-sufficiency affords a virtual case-study of Wright's Usonian vision of home as a "refuge for the expanding spirit of man the individual".
The long private drive leads to a flowered parking court.
Wright's pivoting entry door opens to the hall and living room anchored by a grand 12 foot wide fireplace, the spiritual center of the house. From here, the roof pitches up to frame the Coast Range Foothills, while the broad copper fascia holds the horizontal roof line to the earth, accentuating its oneness with surrounding nature.
Built for family living, the residence today would be ideal as a private retreat or arts center. The entire property is a work of art in itself. 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. Amid luxuriant landscaping, the grounds accommodate a separate studio with bath, wine cellar, tractor bay, swimming pool, Japanese garden, Koi pond, aviary, workshop, and 3 car carport. The 80 acres affords privacy, and supports produce as well as a Walnut orchard.