as are the floors, made of concrete slab scored in a hexagonal
pattern and stained Cherokee red.
A concrete, raised-hearth fireplace set into the rear living
room wall is inlaid with more pink Sonoma stones. Redwood
window seats line t wo of the walls; in fact, Wright designed
many built-in cabinets and other features throughout the
house for extra storage space. The kitchen, in an alcove
behind the living room, has built-in shelves; one section
of shelving that juts into the living room has an attached
mahogany table for family dining. Behind the kitchen, a
small playroom for the Berger children doubled as a study
after they went to bed.
Suzanne Berger was a year old when the family moved
in, but she still remembers her father climbing ladders with
nails in his mouth. Other indelible impressions from over
24 years: “The rock walls were so beautiful, there were great
views from the big living room windows, the woodwork
every where was so warm, the radiant heat in the floors was
very comfortable, and the open floor plan gave me a sense of
Top: The high celing in the
living room is a common
feature in Usonian homes.
This room also features
redwood window seats
framing great views and a
concrete slab floor scored
in a hexagonal pattern
and stained Cherokee
red. Right: Robert Berger
building the concrete core
of the home in 1955.