In the Land of the Bungalow
On a recent trip to California, I had the chance to sneak in a
quick trip to one of America’s most influential houses- Charles and Henry Greene’s iconic "Ultimate Bungalow", the
Gamble House. By the mid-nineteenth
century, architects were beginning to turn away from the monumental, historic
styles of the p...
This past April on a visit to Los Angeles to celebrate my brother-in-law
Alexis’ birthday, we took a side trip to Joshua Tree, the national park in the Mojave
Desert with one particularly remarkable architectural and
experiential surprise attraction… The Integratron!The Integratron – 38 foot hig...
Louis Kahn: The Quintessential Architect
has always been a monumental statement. Architecture consumes energy and
resources on a global scale and continually pushes the boundaries of what is
physically possible. The product of all architectural endeavors leaves behind
traces of when they were made. This is most evident in the different
Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles
by Andrew Dolan
the end of January, I had the pleasure of going to visit one of my favorite
cities, which in my opinion, gets a bad reputation. I love Los Angeles for
several reasons, one of which is its diverse topography. Los Angeles consists
of a massive desert sprawl of often bizarre and random architecture, fertile
James R. Browning Building
by Tyler Velten
May, the San Francisco studio took a break from our desks and traveled two
blocks north on Seventh Street to visit the James R.
Browning United States Court of Appeals Building, headquarters of the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals. Completed in 1905, the design supervised by Treasury
architect James Knox Taylor is a...
by Tyler Velten
As we pack our station wagons and stow the sunscreen, many Americans are heading to a forest for one final summer adventure. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that there are nearly 7.5 million second family homes in the U.S. Predictably, the highest concentration of these homes is situated in or ...
A Litany of Firsts
In an age of such great opportunity and advancement in the
field of architecture, it’s easy to forget those who blazed the trails and
cleared the path for us. So during Black History Month, I’d like to take a
moment to highlight the bold career of Norma Merrick Sklarek.San
Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, CABor...
A Tribute to Paul Revere Williams
honor of Black History Month, I wanted to pay a special tribute to architect
Paul Revere Williams. Beverly Hills Hotel ExteriorHis granddaughter Karen E. Hudson wrote Paul R. Williams, Architect; A Legacy of Style – a biography and survey of his work, and a favorite in our IKB library. Best...
The Chapel at Sea Ranch
Part of my job is help source inspiration for potential and upcoming projects. For most of our projects in California, my search leads me back to the Chapel at Sea Ranch.The full exterior of the Chapel at Sea Ranch.Built by Architect and Artist James Hubbel, the chapel took 9 months to construct, with the help of loca...
Life in Color: Discovering SF Architecture
Born and bred on the East Coast, I have long been enamored of the brownstones of Boston and Brooklyn Heights. Their historical character and neighborhood charm have been, to me, unrivaled by even the most regal estates and sleek modern towers. But on a recent trip to San Francisco, the technicolor city streets tempted me aw...
Living in a Lautner
by John Ike
It’s not often that you get to really test drive a piece of
architecture by one of the masters. Such
was the case a few weeks ago as I caught the tail end of the Palm Springs Modernism
show. Darren Bradley, a friend and
architectural photographer from San Diego was speaking at the show, and he recommended
Off the Grid: William Wurster's Steep Ravine Cabins
by Carl Baker
Last week we were lucky enough to spend a night
at Steep Ravine cabins, the humble yet perfectly sited shelters designed by
William Wurster in the 1940s just above Stinson Beach in Marin. Since the Park Service took ownership of them
in the 70's, the cabins have hosted a
nearly continuous stream of 'campers' who pr...