The Houses of William Wurster

Frames for Living

Caitlin Lempres Brostrom, Richard C. Peters


     9 × 11 in (22.9 × 27.9 cm)
224 pages
150 color illustrations, 150 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616890285

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-Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, where she received her M. Arch. Richard C. Peters, FAIA, is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at UC-Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, recruited by Wurster in 1958, he taught at Berkeley for 35 years.

Reader Comments

"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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