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   Product Description-Signature Architects of the San Francisco
                            Bay Area
 When talk turns to architects who have made their mark in the San Francisco Bay Area, it often stops after two names-Bernard
  Maybeck and Julia Morgan. Widely admired, they are the stuff of legend. In a new book on the "signature" styles of Bay Area
 architecture, author and architecture critic Dave Weinstein takes aim at some of the most important yet lesser-known Bay Area
architects-in other words, everyone else. What began as an outgrowth of articles he had written for the San Francisco Chronicle
  about preserving historic buildings is now a definitive work on the architecture of an area that is unlike any other. The fifteen
  architects profiled here were chosen not because they are the best the area has produced (though several are) but because
their stories, taken together, provide a solid history of Bay Area residential architecture. Fifteen Bay Area architects are profiled:
the Newsom brothers, Leola Hall, Ernest Coxhead, Luther Turton, Albert Farr, John Hudson Thomas, Frank Wolfe, Birge Clark,
  Carr Jones, Gardner Dailey, Roger Lee, Jack Hillmer, Warren Callister, Donald Olsen, and the firm Ace Architects. Sidebars
cover topics such as What's a Queen Anne?, What's a Stick?, What's an Arts and Crafts Home?, and The Eichler Phenomenon
   A summary on each architect including birth/death dates, style, active projects, famous projects, and a list of houses to visit
                 Architectural styles covered include English Cottage, Stucco, Prairie, Colonial, Modern, and more

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Customer Reviews:
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful

Well written, Beautifully Illustrated, May 31, 2006 By John Matlock "Gunny" (Winnemucca, NV)
    This review is from: Signature Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area (Hardcover) Every city has a wide variety of
buildings. But San Francisco, because of its small size puts a wide variety of architectural styles in close proximity. San
Francisco is unique (with the possible exception of Boston) in that the down town residential areas have been kept up, have
kept their value, and are considered to be desirable places to live.As the book says, I'm not sure that there is a Bay Area
traditional architecture. Instead it seems that a Victorian house can be adjacent to an ultra modern with no jarring conflict in the
mind.This well written, beautifully illustrated book, perhaps untentionally seems to tell why this is so. Mr. Weinstein describes the
work of fifteen of the Bay Areas most famous architects. Their styles vary, and perhaps because of this these fifteen architects
just may be the reason that San Francisco architecture is so diverse. Other architects or prospective house builders have taken
ideas from this fifteen.Besides...

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful

Great way to explore wonderful Bay Area architecture!, July 13, 2006 By V. K. Garry "historic preservationist" (Oakland CA)
  This review is from: Signature Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area (Hardcover) Written in a style that's friendly,
accessible, witty, and imaginative, Dave Weinstein really brings the personality and history of Bay Area architecture and
architects to life in his book. Great photography too!

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