Irving Gill

A Simple Plan

The Miltimore House in South Pasadena is classic Irving Gill — basic in design, grand in thought. No wonder it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Written by Jocelyn Gibbs Photography by Marvin Rand and Cameron Carothers Architectural historian Esther McCoy once called Irving John Gill one of America’s “few wholly original architects.” Though he was nearly forgotten in the decades...

R.M Schindler, Architect

Welcome to the Valley

As the movie and aerospace industries spread to the San Fernando Valley, Rudolph M. Schindler broke new ground in its craggy hills and lowlands. by Judith Sheine With its suburban grids and commercial sprawl, Studio City, California may not seem like the most likely place to find innovative modern twentieth-century works of architecture. But after Austrian architect Rudolph M. Schindler came to America...

Beverley D. Thorne

Inhabiting Steel

Beverley D. Thorne may have been the lowest-profile and last surviving Case Study architect, but his never-seen-before Oakland residence reveals a world of astounding grandeur. by Pierluigi Serraino To visit the personal home of an architect is the ultimate litmus test of the design aesthetic at work. It is a rare opportunity, revealing the creator’s internal philosophy and tenets. And so it is with...

Lloyd Wright, Architect

Wright Time, Wright Place

The Henry O. Bollman House isn’t just another nod to Mayan Revival nostalgia. With its use of decorative concrete blocks, Lloyd Wright adapted what he’d learned working with his illustrious father and the innovative Irving Gill and made it his own. by Kathryn Smith As the fear and deprivation of World War I gave way to the optimistic building boom of the early 1920s, the modern movement in American...

William Turnbull Jr., FAIA

Living Lightly on the Land

When William Turnbull Jr. designed the Hines House early in Sea Ranch’s history, he took his cues from the weathered slopes, craggy cliffs and pristine beaches. by Mark Morrison Photography by Scott Mayoral and Morley Baer (archive)   “I’ll sleep there sometimes,” says Shev Rush, referring to the living room window seat of his multi-story Sonoma Coast home. It’s a cozy corner set...

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