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The Houses of William Wurster
Frames for Living
Caitlin Lempres Brostrom, Richard C. Peters

ISBN 9781616890285
Publication date 11/1/2011
9 x 11 inches (22.9 x 27.9 cm), Hardcover
224 pages, 150 color illustrations, 150 b/w illustrations
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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.

Caitlin Lempres Bostrom, AIA, is a principal of First Bay Architecture and visiting lecturer at UC-Berkeleys College of Environmental Design, where she received her M. Arch. Richard C. Peters, FAIA, is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at UC-Berkeleys College of Environmental Design, recruited by Wurster in 1958, he taught at Berkeley for 35 years.


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"The Houses of William Wurster" (rating 5 out of 5):
William Wurster was a unique man, a great teacher, and an extraordinary architect. This book tells the story of Bill Wurster the way it deserves to be told: with love and respect for his architecture.
- Eliza Joshua Baer from Santa Fe (09/14/2011)
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