Kenny’s Paradise

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Friday, February 20, 2009
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Paradise, in wood, stucco, and stone. (All photos courtesy Crosby Doe Associates)

(Courtesy Crosby Doe Associates)

Could it be possible that Mr. San-Francisco-architecture Kenny Caldwell is tiring of the city? He is looking into the purchase of a spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright home in Los Banos, California, an “undiscovered” Central Valley town he calls “paradise.”

The house was apparently commissioned in 1954, but not completed until 1961 (Wright died in 1959). It sits in the center of 76 “rich fertile acres” of walnuts and maybe beans (or is that cotton?) with 5 bedrooms, formalized ornamental screens, a koi pond, aviary, and tractor bay.

This $2,700,000 “Usonian” dream may well be Kenny’s hideaway or castaway, but I bet his friends are already making plans to visit. That is, if they haven’t had their eye on a little Usonian Automatic of their own!

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