A Frank Lloyd Wright haven

Daniella Thompson

13 October 2004


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004

On Wednesday, 13 October 2004, BAHA thanked its regular volunteers and members in the Patron and Benefactor categories by way of a private reception in the opulent Maynard and Katharine Buehler House in Orinda, .


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948, it is one of his twelve Usonian houses in California. The Buehler House wraps around a lushly landscaped pool fed by a waterfall.


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004

Dramatic redwood and concrete-block interiors feature widely varying ceiling heights, culminating with the butterfly-roofed living room.

Photos: Daniella Thompson, 2004
Photos: Daniella Thompson, 2004

Two creeks traverse the three-and-a-half-acre lot, where native oaks cohabit with oriental landscaping, displaying to good advantage a rustic gazebo over a pond, a Japanese teahouse, and large-scale Chinese statuary. The Japanese garden was developed in the 1960s and 1970s by Henry Matsutani, an important Bay Area landscape designer.


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004

Berkeley Landmarks author Susan Cerny, who is currently working on a Bay Area architectural guidebook, arranged the event.

Photos: Daniella Thompson, 2004


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