Maynard Buehler House

Maynard Buehler House
Maynard and Katharine Buehler House
Maynard Buehler House is located in California
Location: 6 Great Oak Circle, Orinda, California
Coordinates: 37°51′48″N 122°10′8.5″W / 37.86333°N 122.169028°W / 37.86333; -122.169028Coordinates: 37°51′48″N 122°10′8.5″W / 37.86333°N 122.169028°W / 37.86333; -122.169028
Area: 4,000 sq ft (370 m2)
Built: 1949
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style: Modern Movement-Usonian
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 06001118[1]
Added to NRHP: December 12, 2006

The Maynard Buehler House in Orinda, California is a 4,000 square feet (370 m2) Usonian home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948 for Katherine Z. and Maynard P. Buehler.




Much of the Maynard Buehler House is steel frame with redwood panel cladding; other portions are concrete block. Like many Usonian homes, the house has a distinct flat roof line, carports, underfloor heating, and is organized on a modular grid system on an L-shaped plan.

The long leg of the L houses a wing with three bedrooms,and a small workshop. At the hinge, a small kitchen with wood cabinets and a dark countertop, served the family. The more public spaces, a living room, den, and dining room, are arranged at an oblique angle to the main wing. The hexagonal living room opens onto a dramatic space, with a shed roof soaring over it. The sloped ceiling has a large rectangular gold leaf inset that reflects the natural light. The hallway leading to the bedrooms is of redwood batten, as are the walls in the bathroom. The kitchen, with its wood cabinets and dark counter top, is conveniently nestled near the center of the house. The smaller wing was designed to accommodate Mr. Buehler’s need for a home office and machine shop for his firearm accessories business.


Wright designed a number of pieces of furniture for the house. They include a dining room set with the backs of the chairs that do not intentionally rise above the tabletop so as not to impede the view of the garden. The wooden dining table consists of triangular pieces that can be moved around and more pieces added to create a large setting for Thanksgiving feasts. The living room has a built in bench along the perimeter. Manuel Sandoval, who made the cabinetry and furniture for the V. C. Morris Gift Shop, also crafted the Buehler pieces.


The building is on 3.5 acres (14,000 m2) of land transversed by a small stream. The house is surrounded with Japanese style gardens designed by Henry Matsutani.

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 2006.[1]

See also


  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0226776212 (S.309)

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