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Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative California Tour Provides Unique Access to Rarely Seen Homes Designed by Famed Architect

The home tour, which launches in July, will visit five homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

SAN FRANCISCO (June 26, 2019) – The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the reconstruction of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, is launching a new summer home tour in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Five homes are on the tour, which takes place over five dates in July.

“We are embarking on a home tour this July, which will provide the opportunity for Frank Lloyd Wrightophiles all over the country to visit Wright-designed private homes rarely available for public tours, plus meet with high profile Wright experts and original client descendants,” says Michael Miner, a documentary filmmaker specializing in films on Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and the founder and CEO of the organization.

The private homes on the tour have not been generally available to the public, particularly the Wilbur Pearce House in Bradbury, which has never been made available for public visits. Also on the tour is the Robert Berger House, located in San Anselmo, which was famously built by the owner over the course of 20 years. This home is also the setting of the storied Frank Lloyd Wright-designed doghouse. Eddie’s House, as it’s known, was designed for a 12-year old boy and is the only doghouse known to have been created by the master architect.

The Bazett/Frank House in Hillsborough contains the smallest bedroom ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (nicknamed “The Mummy Room”). In addition, the George and Millie Ablin House in Bakersfield is famous for its coral pink color, its enormous collection of Wright-designed furniture and furnishings, and its immaculate condition. Finally, the Maynard Buehler House in Orinda—which has some current controversy surrounding its owner in defying the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation—contains a slanted “shed” ceiling in its living space.

The tour is a fundraising effort to help enable the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative to further expand its mission. Initially the organization started as a means to raise the funding to rebuild a Wright-designed pavilion in Alberta, Canada. The organization has since broadened their scope, looking at the reconstruction of other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. For instance, they have already become spokespersons for the owners of the Malibu Oboler complex (which was lost to the Woolsey fire last year). As part of this work they have taken the lead in an effort to get the site declared historic by the State of California in order to save the surviving stone masonry from demolition.

In addition to the tour of each home and wine pour at the homes in the Bay area, ticket prices include a free DVD of any documentary film available in the organization’s library. Each ticket sold for the Bay Area tours also includes free admission to a special screening of the Bay Area premier of “Masterpieces” at the Rafael Theater on Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m.

To view the tour dates and buy tickets, visit the events page on the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative website.  

About Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative    The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative, a nonprofit organization, aims to promote the legacy of the celebrated architect by rebuilding certain structures that, for various reasons, have been demolished. Michael Miner, a documentary filmmaker specializing in films on Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, is the founder and CEO of the organization. For more information, visit FLWRevivalInitiative.org.  
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