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The Houses of William Wurster

The Houses of William Wurster

Frames for Living

By Caitlin Lempres Brostrom and Richard C. Peters


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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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Size: 9 x 11 in;
Pages: 224 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2011
ISBN: 9781616890285
ISBN10: 1616890282
Caitlin Lempres Brostrom, AIA, is an award winning architect and architectural critic in private practice in Berkeley, California. While a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1980s, Brostrom worked with and catalogued a portion of the extensive Wurster archive as an archivist at the Environmental Design Archives (EDA) then called the Documents Collection. Brostrom has been an adjunct design lecturer and visiting critic at UC Berkeley. She has lectured on the life of Wurster periodically, including engagements at the SF Architectural Club and for the Stockton chapter of the AIA. Brostrom co-authored an essay with Richard Peters in Treib s An Everyday Modernism, and has served as a resource for scholars seeking further understanding of Wurster s work and life.

Richard C. Peters, FAIA, is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Peters taught at U.C. Berkeley for 35 years and held the position of Chairman of the Department of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Thesis Studios. Peters has served as a Director of the San Francisco Chapter of the A.I.A and is a past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture [ACSA]. He was a partner in the architectural firm Peters, Clayberg, and Caulfield which won National and Local AIA Awards for their outstanding buildings.