Taliesin West inspires Developer of Toyon Terraces in Sausalito

by Laurie Thompson

The Channing Home in Toyon Terraces, Sausalito, 1954 © Sausalito News
Taliesin West interior, circa 1990s © Anne T. Kent California Room Collection.

Rob Rose, the developer of Toyon Terraces in the hills of Sausalito, visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in 1952. He was clearly inspired by Wright’s concept of “organic architecture” when planning the development of Toyon Terraces. Toyon Terraces was featured at the 1954 Art & Garden Fair in Ross in an exhibit of scale models, architectural drawings and photographs. The June 25, 1954 describes the exhibit:

Taliesin West, circa 1990s. Anne T. Kent California Room Collection.

In 1953 Marin County Planning Director Mary Summers purchased Rob Roses’ Toyon Terrace home while he built a new one in the same neighborhood. Mary Summers and Supervisor Vera Schultz were the County officials who were inspired to contact Frank Lloyd Wright to design the Marin County Civic Center in 1957.

Toyon Terraces developer, Rob Rose describes his visit to Taliesin West in his”Toyon View” column, in the January 3, 1952 issue of the :

Taliesin West, circa 1990s. Anne T. Kent California Room Collection.

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