The Legacy ofThomas Lake Harris

Excerpt from the Single Family Residence Design Review Manual

Thomas Lake Harris recognized the unique qualities of this landscape and in 1875 he purchased the property to establish Fountaingrove, the first commune in California. His Brotherhood of New Life established a dairy and sheep raising operation and later a major vineyard and winery.

Although many changes have occurred over the years, the natural physical character of the site remains essentially unchanged.

As a landform, Fountaingrove is complex and diverse. General topography, change in altitude, vegetative groupings and plant communities all contribute to this complexity and diversity. The opportunity for a richly rewarding living experience is here, but along with this opportunity is the responsibility for protecting the unique natural qualities of the site…