Frank Lloyd Wright in Central and Northern California

Pilgrim Congregational Church
©Betsy Malloy Photography

Besides the Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in Los Angeles and Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in San Francisco, you'll find his work in several inland California locations.

Most of these houses are visible from the road. You can see photos I took from the street or sidewalk by clicking on the links above. If you decide to see them, please remember they're private residences, not museums and respect their occupants' privacy.

Dr. George Ablin House, Bakersfield

Built in 1961 for Dr. George Ablin is not visible from the street. It's a 3,200-square-foot house made from concrete blocks. Wright believed in building homes that are in sync with their natural surroundings. With the Ablin House, he took inspirations from the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, constructing using gray and purple colors.

You can drive by this house, but all you'll see are the driveway and mailbox. Since the home is somewhat of a mystery, we've provided a sneak peek of the home's interior. Check this page to see interior photos.

Randall Fawcett House, Los Banos

The Fawcett House is outside of Wright's typical California work. It's in line with his Usonian style of architecture, but its location is unexpected. 

The fact that it's located outside the little farming town of Los Banos can be credited to the home's first resident. Wright built the Randall Fawcett House for a former football player who retired there. It's one of three Wright-designed Usonian homes in California's Central Valley. Similar in vein to the Palmer House, this home is also designed using triangular shapes. It was designed in 1955 and completed six years later in 1961.

You can't take a personal tour of the house, but you can see it online. Take a look at it and get a more in-depth description.

Robert G. Walton House, Modesto

Wright stayed consistent with a Usonian style of architecture throughout many of his designs. The Robert G. Walton House was no exception. This 3,513-square foot house, not modest by any means, has six bedrooms, a play room, and three bathrooms.

If you're looking for the rural side of California, you'll find it on your drive to the Walton House. It sits on 80 acres of farmland, but by no means does it look like a farmhouse. This modern design was recently renovated by a Fresno architect. Read more about it and find out where it is.

George C. Stewart House, Santa Barbara

For something in a different style than Wright's other California work, consider The Stewart House. It's the only Wright house in California done in his earlier prairie style. 

It is one of Wright's earlier California designs, which is the reason for that. Check out this photo and profile of it.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding

Redding seems like an unlikely place for California's only Frank Lloyd Wright church. Touched by a small congregation's heartfelt request, Wright designed an extensive church complex in a style he called "Pole and Boulder Gothic." 

The walls are made of desert rubblestone, similar to Taliesin West. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the design was ever built. 

Kundert Medical Clinic, San Luis Obispo

This medical clinic is the third California Wright design in Usonian style. It was modified from a plan originally intended to be a house. It's somewhat similar in design to The Hollyhock House or The Ennis House in Los Angeles. See if you can find the similarities by taking a loot at the Kundert Medical Clinic in San Luis Obispo.

Nakoma Clubhouse, Near Lake Tahoe

California's newest Wright design has its roots in the 1920s, when it was proposed for a golf club in Wisconsin, but it was well into the twenty-first century before it was built — in California. The unsual architecture is distinctive among all of Wright's designs. Take a look at it here and find out how you can see it.

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