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The sawn-wood windows near the front terrace of the Berger residence in San Anselmo [photograph]
Zimmerman, Scot
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1987
Publication Information
Marin County Free Library, Anne T. Kent California Room
Contributing Institution
Marin County Free Library
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Marin County Civic Center
Rights Information
These interior and exterior views of the Berger House were taken by Scot Zimmerman and copyright resides with him.
Zimmerman, Scot
The Berger House in San Anselmo was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Robert and Gloria Berger. In the early 1950s, mechanical engineer, Robert Berger, then a teacher at the College of Marin, decided to build a family home. He did not like the conventional “boxy” plans of the period and wrote to Wright asking him to design a home which was expandable, inexpensive and easy for one person to build. Wright wrote back requesting photographs and a topographical map of the site. The Korean War interrupted Berger’s plans but he had the opportunity to meet Wright in Wisconsin after a stint with the Army on the East Coast. Berger told Wright he could afford no more than $1500 for the architectural fee and a maximum of $15,000 for the home’s construction. Wright agreed to these terms and in January of 1953, sent Berger the preliminary drawings. Construction began the following April under the guidance of Wright’s San Francisco Associate, Aaron Green. By 1957 the core living area was complete and the couple and their four children moved in. Two years later, the bedroom wing was finished. Throughout this period, Berger did most of the work himself. The final details took much longer, particularly after Berger fell ill in 1969. When he died in 1973, Gloria Berger hired a professional carpenter to finish the job, including the construction of the Wright-designed furniture. The house is built of stone, glass, wood and concrete, complementing the colors and shapes of the surrounding landscape and exemplifying Wright’s concept of organic architecture. The windows frame views of the Fairfax and San Anselmo hills and a triangular deck juts off the main living area.
1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.
Architecture, Domestic
Organic architecture--California
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
Berger, Robert
San Anselmo (Calif.)
Marin County (Calif.)

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