The Houses of William Wurster: Frames for Living

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Over the course of a career that spanned forty-five years, William Wilson Wurster (1895 1973) designed hundreds of residences up and down the West Coast. Like Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, with whom Wurster maintained a close professional exchange, Wurster blends modernism with the vernacular. Wurster described these homes as "frames for living": spaces that could be fully transformed by the occupant to meet their needs and desires, well-designed canvases for homemaking. Authors Caitlin Lempres Brostrom, AIA, and Richard C. Peters, FAIA, draw upon extensive historical research as well as personal relationships with Wurster to tell the story of his career, including both residential and institutional building. The Houses of William Wurster features new and archival footage of thirty-three of the architect's best-known houses and includes a foreword by Donlyn Lyndon.

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Peters is professor of architecture emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley.

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"A landmark chronicle of a wonderful career." --Interior Design, September 2011

"If we have anybody to thank for the recent popularity of clean-lined modern homes warmed up with rustic materials, such as reclaimed wood and stacked stone, it's William Wurster. A true design icon, the work he did during his 45-year career would help define the look of California houses for decades to come." --California Home+Design blog, October 19, 2011

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