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Hanna House, 1936

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Hanna House, 1936

Hanna House, Palo Alto CA

©2001 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.
Hanna House was designed in 1936 for Stanford University professor Paul Hanna, his wife Jean and their five children The Hannas asked Wright to design an inexpensive house for their growing family. His solution was a glass-fronted collection of hexagon-shaped spaces surrounding a brick chimney.

Nicknamed "Honeycomb House," it was Wright's first design based on non-rectangular forms. The house that the Hannas thought would cost $15,000 ended up with a price tag of $37,000. While the house is generally considered to be one of Wright's Usonian designs, intended for middle-income families, subsequent additions pushed its eventual size and cost far beyond the means of "Middle America." Hanna House is recognized by the American Institute of Architects as one of seventeen Wright buildings that best represent his contribution to American culture.

The house is made of redwood and brick, with a concrete slab floor. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen and a living area charmingly described on the drawings as "sanctum." Also on the property are a guest house, hobby shop, garage and carport, as well as now-dry water features.

The house was the Hanna family home until 1975, when it was donated to Stanford University. It served as the provost's home until the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, when it was severely damaged and subsequently closed for almost a decade for a seismic retrofit.

You can see a few more photos - and a plan drawing - of it here

If you want to know more about Usonian architecture, try this - or read Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses by Carla Lind.

737 Frenchman's Road
Stanford, CA (about 30 miles south of San Francisco off I-280)
Tours are available by reservation only

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