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Art-Sites San Francisco: The Indispensable Guide to Contemporary Art-Architecture-Design
Author: Sidra Stich
Publisher: art-Sites Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A travel guide to San Francisco, with an emphasis on its architecture and its art museums, including projects by Aulenti, Herzog & de Meuron, Legoretta, Maki, and Polshek. Vivid commentaries on cultural heritage along with maps and practical information.

Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister
Author: Chris Nichols
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $15.56
ArchitectureWeek— The commercial architecture — hotels restaurants, and nightspots — created by Wayne McAllister (1907-2000) is responsible for much of the character of Southern California. His Fred-and-Ginger nightclubs and glinting-steel-and-neon circular drive-ins gave Hollywood its image in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This survey of McAllister's work shows how his example "changed the fabric of cities."

Gables and Fables: A Portrait of San Francisco's Pacific Heights
Author: Anne Bloomfield and Arthur Bloomfield
Publisher: Heyday Books
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $19.95
ArchitectureWeek— An architectural and social history of Pacific Heights, one of San Francisco's most attractive neighborhoods. This is the story of 110 houses designed by Julia Morgan, William Wurster, and other notable San Francisco architects.

Modern to Classic: Residential Estates by Landry Design Group
Author: Oscar Riera Ojeda, editor
Publisher: Oro Editions
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $54.75
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of large houses in Southern California by architect Richard Landry. They range in style from classical to modern and in size from 5,000 to 30,000 square feet (460 to 2800 square meters). They have been designed to resemble contemporary compounds, French chateaux, Italian villas, English manors, and neoclassical estate.

Architecture of Ratcliff
Author: Woodruff Minor
Publisher: Heyday Books
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $39.95
ArchitectureWeek— History of the San Francisco Bay Area architecture firm Ratcliff, through three generations of a family practice. From arts-and-crafts buildings of the early 20th century to modern-day computer technology centers.

Village Homes: A Community by Design
Author: Mark Francis
Publisher: Island Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $25.00
ArchitectureWeek— Summary of two decades of research and writing on the successful Village Homes neighborhood in Davis, California. Includes interviews with designers, residents, and gardeners.

Brenda Levin
Author: Renee Otmar, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $59.95
ArchitectureWeek— The selected and current works of the Los Angeles, California firm, Levin & Associates Architects, with drawings and photographs. Volume V of the Master Architect Series.

Architecture Tours L.A. Guidebook Downtown
Author: Laura Massino Smith
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $9.95
ArchitectureWeek— A printed version of the author's auto tour of L.A.'s architectural heritage, both old and new, with maps, photos, driving directions, and detailed descriptions of each building's history.

Hollywood Haven: Homes and Haunts of the European Emigres and Exiles in Los Angeles
Author: Cornelius Schnauber
Publisher: Ariadne Press
Year: 1997
Amazon Price: $17.00
ArchitectureWeek— Hollywood Haven is a fascinating "who's who" book detailing who was where in Los Angeles. It is an unusual travel guide that take a slice, be it a large slice, of people and trace them through the buildings they lived in, moved through, and left behind. The book is filled with many rarely seen black and white pictures of the people and places of historical and architectural interest. Readers get a chance to see the haunts of many of the famous emigres who helped to shape Hollywood into what is is today.

California Mediterranean
Author: Marc Appleton
Publisher: Rizzoli
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $33.75
ArchitectureWeek— In the early 20th-century, architects designing houses for the balmy climate of Southern California were influenced by the style of the villas of Italy, Morocco, and other countries fronting the Mediterranean Sea. The resulting style noted for its simplicity and often asymmetrical, undecorated facades merged the European romantic with American ingenuity. This book includes examples by Julia Morgan, Bertram Goodhue, Addison Mizner, George Washington Smith, and Wallace Neff.


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