Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Esherick, Homsey, Dodge, and Davis (EHDD) (firm); Halprin, Lawrence and Associates, Landscape Architects (firm); MLTW/Moore-Turnbull, Architects (firm); Charles M. Davis (architect); Peter Hampton Dodge (architect); Joseph Esherick Jr. (architect); Lawrence Halprin (landscape architect); George Homsey (architect); Charles Willard Moore (architect); William Turnbull Jr. (architect); Richard R. Whitaker Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1964-1965

Sea Ranch, CA 95497

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The visually modest, vernacular-influenced architecture of Sea Ranch became one of the most influential building complexes of the 1960s and 1970s. In particular, it popularized among architects and other designers the use of shed-roofed boxes, often covered in shingles or wood siding, for apartment and condominium developments across the United States. The Sea Ranch continued the environmentally-respectful and muted architectural traditions begun in Berkeley by Charles Keeler, Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard and others and later developed and updated by William W. Wurster, Gardner Dailey and Joseph Esherick.

Building History

The firms MLTW, Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis and Lawrence Halprin worked for Oceanic Properties, the developer of Sea Ranch.

Building Notes

The American Institute of Architects gave the Sea Ranch complex an Honor Award in 1968, and also awarded a Twenty-Five Year Award in 1991;

PCAD id: 911