Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses; built works - dwellings - housing

Designers: Barnes, Edward Larabee, Architect (firm); De Mars and Reay, Architects (firm); Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons (WBE), Architects (firm); Edward Larrabee Barnes (architect); Theodore C. Bernardi (architect); Vernon Armand DeMars (architect); Donn Emmons (architect); Donald Patterson Reay (architect); William Wilson Wurster (architect)

Dates: constructed 1957-1960

Sacramento, CA

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Three architectural firms were involved in the design of Capitol Towers: Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons of San Francisco, DeMars and Reay of Berkeley, CA, and Edward Larrabee Barnes and Associates of New York, NY. Multiple types of housing were desired, both high-rise and low-rise. Barnes wrote of the project: "In the late 1950s Jim Scheuer (later a member of Congress) gave me a chance to work on two low-cost redevelopment projects---one in Sacramento associated with Wurster Bernardi and Emmons and with DeMars and Reay....In the Sacramento Capitol Towers Apartments, I did the low-rise and Wurster's offce did the high-rise. My inexpensive two-story, frame and stucco construction has apartments on the first floor opening onto private patios and on the second floor looking out in the other direction over common park space. This reversal of orientation plus the rambling site plan, made possible by open breezeways, is all there is to the design, but the informality has charm." (See Edward Larrabee Barnes, Edward Larrabee Barnes Architect, [New York: Rizzoli, 1994], p. 18-19.)

PCAD id: 17167