Usonian Spectacular

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s rare Bay Area homes is on the market in Orinda
Wright House
(photo: Jeff Anderson)

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright originally conceived of his concrete block, wood, and glass Usonian homes as ‘modest,’ low-cost dwellings. The home he designed for Maynard and Katie Buehler in 1948 proved more spectacular than modest, due to its size and 2.3-acre wooded site, complete with creek and landscaping by Henry Matsutani.

The home is on the market following the passing of its original owners. It was lovingly restored under the watchful eye of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

The 3,050-square-foot main house has a living area whose gold-leaf ceiling soars in height as it nears the wall of windows, and the original Wright furniture. The property includes a tea house and guest house, outdoor Chinese statuary, and a koi pond.

One of only a handful of Wright houses in the Bay Area, the Buehler house was rebuilt by architect and Wright acolyte Walter Olds after a 1994 fire destroyed a portion of the house.

“The house is pretty conducive to feeling all is right with the world,” Katie Buehler told a reporter in 2003.

The home is offered by Gretchen and Todd Scheid of Alan Pinel Realtors for $4,995,000. For more info, see franklloydwrightthebuehlerhouse.com.