A Doghouse by Frank Lloyd Wright! Special Exhibit

June 8, 2017
Marin County Civic Center

Marin County Civic Center Library will be showcasing the only doghouse ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The doghouse, originally designed for the Berger House in San Anselmo, CA, was known as Eddie’s House after the Berger family’s Labrador retriever. The doghouse, donated to the County of Marin by Jim Berger in May 2016, will be on public view for the first time.

June 19, 1956

Dear Mr. Wright

I am a boy of twelve years. My name is Jim Berger. You designed a house for my father whose name is Bob Berger. I have a paper route which I make a little bit of money for the bank, and for expenses.

I would appreciate it if you would design me a dog house, which would be easy to build, but would go with our house. My dog’s name is Edward, but we call him Eddie. He is four years old or in dog life 28 years. He is a Labrador retriever. He is two and a half feet high and three feet long. The reasons I would like this dog house is for the winters mainly. My dad said if you design the dog house he will help me build it. But if you design the dog house I will pay you for the plans and materials out of the money I get from my route.

Respectfully yours,

Jim Berger

Learn More

Want to learn more about the Robert and Gloria Berger House in San Anselmo? Check out Marin Magazine’s article on the home here.

Photo by Joel Puliatti 

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