Review: Hanna House

Stanford, CA 94305

If we asked you to name just one famous architect in history, there’s a very good chance that the first name to come to your mind would be “Frank Lloyd Wright.” And the brilliant, sometimes controversial, architectural innovator is considered one of the most influential 20th-century architects for good reason. His “organic-style” buildings (designed to be in harmony with the environment and humanity) are both unique and inspiring.

And one of the great examples of Wright’s singular style resides in tree-lined enclave of Palo Alto, California. Commissioned by Stanford professor Paul Hanna in 1937, the Hanna “Honeycomb” house was one of Wright’s first works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Named for the unique “honeycomb layout,” the house is one of the best examples of Wright’s uniquely hexagonal-shaped structures.

The building, currently under the management Stanford University, offers hour-long tours of the interior and exterior. Note: photos are only allowed on the exterior. Reservations are required and can be scheduled here.

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Take Caltrain south to the Palo Alto Station, then transfer to the Stanford Marguerite Shuttle and get off at Campus Drive and Mayfield South. The Hanna House is ensconced in a neighborhood a couple minutes away from the stop.

Photo: Karin Moriarty, Stanford University

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