Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) is renovating M.F.K. Fisher’s “Last House” on the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen into an exclusive destination honoring her legacy and celebrating her love of food, wine, literature and nature. Mary Frances, as she was known by her family and friends, wrote 13 books during 21 years of residence in Last House, which was built for her by architect David Pleydell-Bouverie.
She treasured her palazzino, which features a simple design and connection to the land. Its two large rooms are divided by a huge bathroom, with black tile floors throughout and built-in bookcases for over 2,000 books. One arched porch looks west to Sonoma Mountain and another looks east to the 535 acres of land protected by ACR.
Described by W. H. Auden as “America’s greatest writer,” M.F.K. Fisher welcomed friends such as Julia Child, James Beard, and Maya Angelou to her home.
Join us in the restoration of Last House, a $250,000 project to return the building to its original grandeur and create a fund for ongoing maintenance and programs. With your help, ACR will establish Last House as a nexus for the things this beloved author treasured: connecting people over meals prepared by renowned chefs, supporting young authors, and enjoying the bounty of our local food and wine.
ACR protects our natural and human communities through land preservation, nature education, and conservation science.