A National Historic Landmark
Santa Clara County, CA
Designated an NHL: 06/29/89
Hanna-Honeycomb was Wright’s first work in the San Francisco region. It is the first and best example of his innovative "hexagonal design" where the rooms flow together and, except for the kitchen and the baths, every room opens to extensive terraces and the outdoors. These concrete terraces connect with the water cascade and pools, the simmer house, the carport, the guest house and the hobby shop. The house has been widely published and photographed and retains the highest level of integrity.
In spite of the seeming logical, mathematical plan of this house, Wright's work is basically romantic in spirit. Its free form and open planning in a house that really brought the outside in, with space that flowed easily throughout the structure place him squarely in an American tradition. He deplored the junk of technology and demanded a better balance between the realities of the developers' plans and the need for a better way of life. He insisted on idealism and made it work.
The Hanna house was designed for Paul R. Hanna and his wife Jean, both well known educators and for many years associated with Stanford University and the Hoover Institute. The project was begun while they were a young married couple and was expanded and added to over their professional careers. After living in the house for 38 years, the Hannas gave the property to Stanford University.
Wright designed over 500 hones and public buildings that were either admired by or scandalized other architects. Even his critics credit Wright and admit that his best work ranks him as one of the greatest of contemporary architects.