Christine Ryan

The clubhouse at the Nakoma Resort, in the Sierra Nevada, was built only 15 years ago, but the design is from the 1920s. Photograph by Vance Fox.

We thought we knew all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Western masterworks, from the Hollyhock House to the Marin County Civic Center to, of course, Taliesin West. But we’d never heard of the Nakoma Resort’s clubhouse, an hour’s drive north of Truckee in California’s Eastern Sierra. Which is strange—after all, look at the place!

The Nakoma Resort's Wigwam Room has a massive central chimney and four fireplaces. Photograph by Vance Fox.

Turns out that although the plans date back to 1923—FLW drew them up for the Nakoma Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin—they lay unused till 2000, when the developers of this property bought them and put them, finally, to good use.

The lobby of the new Lodge at Nakoma. Photograph by Vance Fox.

Now that the resort has, as of August 14, opened its 42-room Lodge at Nakoma, you can see for yourself. (And being brand new, it probably still has rooms available for the Labor Day weekend.) From $189.

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