In the 1920s, as the career and vision of Frank Lloyd Wright grew, he began to probe new ideas and to bring his work westward. Beginning with a Frank Lloyd Wright design for George C. Stewart's Montecito house in 1909, and ending with the Pilgrim Congregational Church in 1957, Frank Lloyd Wright placed his signature on the California landscape. In total, 26 of the 400 buildings Frank Lloyd Wright designed are still standing in California and only two have been lost: Residence B at Hollyhock House and Wright's Harper Avenue Studio in Los Angeles. On house, originally designed in 1939 for L. N. Bell to be built in Los Angeles, was actually constructed in Berkeley for Joe Feldmann in 1974, after Wright's death.
The work Frank Lloyd Wright did in California was important. In fact, of the 17 Frank Lloyd Wright structures designated by the American Institute of Architects as most representative of his contribution to American culture, three are located here. Several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings are accessible to the general public.
Most of Frank Lloyd Wright's California designs were private residences, but he also created California office buildings, shops, and a government center. You can find Frank Lloyd Wright designs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Rafael. The complete lists are on these pages:
- Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in Los Angeles
- Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in San Francisco
- Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in the Rest of California
Frank Lloyd Wright in California by Type
- Textile Block Houses: Ennis House, Storer House, Millard House / La Miniatura
- Desert Rubble Construction: Arch Oboler Gatehouse, Eleanor's Retreat, Berger House, Pilgrim Congregational Church
- Usonian Houses: Hanna House, Sydney Bazett House, Buehler House, Buehler House, Randall Fawcett House, Kundert Medical Clinic
- Public Places: V. C. Morris Gift Shop, Anderton Court Shops, Kundert Medical Clinic, Marin Civic Center, Pilgrim Congregational Church