Wright on the Market
La Miniatura & Los Banos, CA
The quarterly newsletter of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy – Volume 19, Issue 3 – Summer 2009
CALIFORNIA: Pasadena – Alice Millard House, “La Miniature” (1923)
Recognized by Wrights as the earliest “Usonian” house, “La Miniatura” is also the first residence to utilize Wright’s highly inventive textile block building system. The Millard House is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most important works of architecture. Now, following a multi-year restoration, the complex offers one of the most romantic and creative living spaces anywhere. Sited on nearly an acre of garden within the Prospect Historic District of Pasadena, the residence and studio include four bedrooms, four baths, two kitchens, living room, formal dining room and semi-attached garages. The Millard House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. – $7,733,000
CALIFORNIA: Los Banos – Harriet and Randall Fawcett House (1961)
A private drive leads to a flowered parking court. A pivoting entry door opens to a hall an living room anchored by a grand 12-foot-wide fireplace. The roof pitches up to frame the Coast Range Foothills. Built for family living, the property is also ideal a private retreat or arts center. Five bedrooms, four and one-half baths, open plan living room, dining room and kitchen formalized by ornamental screens, a utility-store room and central laundry. Amid luxuriant landscaping are a separate studio with bath, wine cellar, tractor bay, swimming pool, Japanese garden, koi pong, aviary, workshop and three-car carport. Eighty acres afford privacy and support produce and a walnut orchard.