One of only a couple of Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes in the East Bay, the Buehler house in Orinda has never been on the market since it was built in 1940; until now that is. This Usonian home was completely restored after a small fire damaged part of it in 1994 and it is now in spectacular shape.
The Usonian homes were Wright’s utopian vision of a truly American architecture that could be attainable by the middle class. They were generally single story with low-sloped roofs, and they usually had car ports (a term reportedly coined by Wright) rather than garages. Wright built his first Usonian home in 1936, and it is amazing how modern they still look today – a testament to his forward thinking designs.
The Buehler house looks like a museum to Wright’s work. The redwood, brick floors, and gold ceiling – everything is perfect. Construction of the home was originally overseen by one of Wright’s apprentices, Walter Olds, and the Buehlers were very fortunate to locate Olds to assist with rebuilding the home after the fire. This, no doubt, is to a large degree why the home looks so very original and authentic today. For more info please see the sfgate article posted about the home a few years ago.