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San Francisco: A Pictorial Celebration
Author: Christopher J. Craig
Publisher: Penn Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $14.95
ArchitectureWeek— San Francisco: A Pictorial Celebration is an exploration of the city's scenic and man-made treasures, culturally diverse and distinctive neighborhoods, and landmarks tells the compelling story of San Francisco's Mexican origins, the gold rush, the devastating earthquakes, and the stunning rebirth. In addition to such well-known sites as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and Haight-Ashbury this book also includes such landmarks as City Lights Bookstore; the hotels and mansions of the Golden Age; memorials, monuments, and religious structures; and oases of education and entertainment.

LA’S Early Moderns: Art, Architecture, Photography
Author: Victoria Dailey, Natalie Shivers, Michael Dawson
Publisher: Balcony Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— This book is about a secret Los Angeles, a Los Angeles filled with optimism about a different kind of “city of the future.” The reader will enter a rarified social realm where client, artist, architect, lover, patron, and publisher merged in a creative ferment that occurs spontaneously and magically at rare moments in a city’s life.

Building for Hearst and Morgan: Voices from the George Loorz Papers
Author: Taylor Coffman and Kevin Starr
Publisher: Berkeley Hills Books
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— George Loorz was construction engineer on legendary building projects including Hearst Castle in San Simeon and the medieval chateau Wyntoon. His writings, including some rare, previously unpublished photos, give an insider's look at the newspaper magnate and his architect, Julia Morgan.

Schindler by Mak
Author: Peter Noever, editor
Publisher: Prestel Publishing
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $14.95
ArchitectureWeek— Guidebook to the social and cultural history of the Schindler House, illustrated chronicle of the MAK Center's programs, and a comprehensive list of Rudolph Schindler's most visible buildings in the Los Angeles area.

The Dream Palaces of Hollywood's Golden Age
Author: David Wallace
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $33.75
ArchitectureWeek— Hollywood historian David Wallace unveils 25 buildings and homes from Hollywood's Golden Age. An in-depth look at the histories of these structures, as well revelations about many of their famous occupants. Each restored to its original grandeur, the buildings-from private homes to theaters, hotels, restaurants, and hot spots of the day-are showcased in 200 photographs, all specially commissioned for this book, as well as rare historic shots. The portraits of these famed spaces-including the homes of Hollywood superstars such as Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson, Cecil B. DeMille, and Charlie Chaplin, plus locations like Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Max Factor building-demonstrate the innovation, ingenuity, and drive that gave birth to Hollywood.

Sacred Spaces - Historic Houses of Worship in the City of Angels
Author: Alfred Willis
Publisher: Balcony Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $43.76
ArchitectureWeek— Setting out to record Los Angeles’ unheralded religious history, photographer Robert Berger visited over 300 historic houses of worship over the course of three and a half years. Lively text by noted architectural historian Alfred Willis.

Los Angeles Transformed: Fletcher Bowron's Urban Reform Revival, 1938-1953
Author: Tom Sitton
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $34.95
ArchitectureWeek— This political history of the mid-twentieth century reform period in Los Angeles is a case study of the ways outside events can affect municipal affairs.

Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home
Author: Leslie Freudenheim
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $29.70
ArchitectureWeek— This new edition focuses on the 19th-century beginnings of the San Francisco Bay Area shingle style and Arts & Crafts collaboration in the trend toward building simple rustic homes in harmony with nature. The book explores how a small, influential group, including Joseph Worcester, Bernard Maybeck, and Charles Keeler, transformed a devotion to John Ruskin and California's natural beauty into a unique architectural movement.

Palm Springs Weekend: The Architecture and Design of a Mid-Century Oasis
Author: Alan Hess and Andrew Danish
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of the desert town that became a modernist mecca in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger
Author: Therese Poletti, Tom Paiva
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2008
Amazon Price: $38.50

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