Decades in the Making

Safeguarded and preserved for generations to come

In 1994, Lucia Eames, the daughter of American mid-century pioneers Charles & Ray Eames, chose this spectacular agricultural property to make her home.

For decades, Lucia partnered with nearby farms to graze sheep, goats, and other livestock on the property, while maintaining a fenced garden, fruit trees, and grapevines. The property served as a home base for both the Eames family and selections from the archives and collection that they stewarded. Lucia’s dream was to share this place and its treasures, as she had selflessly done by moving the historic Eames House in Los Angeles into a nonprofit years earlier. With her passing, the Eames family embarked on a seven-year journey to realize Lucia’s dream for the Ranch. The visionary leadership of Lucia’s five children—Carla, Lucia, Byron, Eames, and Llisa—has ensured that the Ranch will remain a working farm and educational resource for generations to come.

The design of the Ranch property took its early cues from the late William Turnbull, well-known in Sonoma County as a founding architect of Sea Ranch on the Mendocino Coast, hailed for decades as a model of responsible land management. Turnbull designed the two Eames Ranch structures—a courtyard house and barn—one of the final projects before his passing. Over the past two years, both structures have been painstakingly restored to maximize energy performance and fire safety. Though breathtaking in its own right, the Ranch is a special place for its intersection of agriculture and design.