by Tyler Velten
As we pack our station wagons and stow the sunscreen, many Americans are heading to a forest for one final summer adventure. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that there are nearly 7.5 million second family homes in the U.S. Predictably, the highest concentration of these homes is situated in or ...
A Litany of Firsts
In an age of such great opportunity and advancement in the
field of architecture, it’s easy to forget those who blazed the trails and
cleared the path for us. So during Black History Month, I’d like to take a
moment to highlight the bold career of Norma Merrick Sklarek.San
Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, CABor...
A Tribute to Paul Revere Williams
honor of Black History Month, I wanted to pay a special tribute to architect
Paul Revere Williams. Beverly Hills Hotel ExteriorHis granddaughter Karen E. Hudson wrote Paul R. Williams, Architect; A Legacy of Style – a biography and survey of his work, and a favorite in our IKB library. Best...
The Chapel at Sea Ranch
Part of my job is help source inspiration for potential and upcoming projects. For most of our projects in California, my search leads me back to the Chapel at Sea Ranch.The full exterior of the Chapel at Sea Ranch.Built by Architect and Artist James Hubbel, the chapel took 9 months to construct, with the help of loca...
Life in Color: Discovering SF Architecture
Born and bred on the East Coast, I have long been enamored of the brownstones of Boston and Brooklyn Heights. Their historical character and neighborhood charm have been, to me, unrivaled by even the most regal estates and sleek modern towers. But on a recent trip to San Francisco, the technicolor city streets tempted me aw...
Living in a Lautner
by John Ike
It’s not often that you get to really test drive a piece of
architecture by one of the masters. Such
was the case a few weeks ago as I caught the tail end of the Palm Springs Modernism
show. Darren Bradley, a friend and
architectural photographer from San Diego was speaking at the show, and he recommended
Off the Grid: William Wurster's Steep Ravine Cabins
by Carl Baker
Last week we were lucky enough to spend a night
at Steep Ravine cabins, the humble yet perfectly sited shelters designed by
William Wurster in the 1940s just above Stinson Beach in Marin. Since the Park Service took ownership of them
in the 70's, the cabins have hosted a
nearly continuous stream of 'campers' who pr...
Documenting Architecture for People: Julius Shulman
by John Ike
I recently had my house in San
Diego photographed – I’m hoping to rent it out on VRBO (or Behomm, which I just
heard about recently) and needed some groovy pictures to show for it. I found a
local photographer named Darren Bradley to document it. He’s an architectural
photography buff, but does his photo work as a...
Gone to Seed
by John Ike
As I tune up my San Diego house, the property has gone to seed. In spite of - or perhaps because of - my neglect, many of the existing hardy plants insist on prospering. Joel's harvestUnlike Joel’s garden out here, which he cares for and chronicles dutifully, mine is at the moment living by its own rules. I took som...
A Hot Tub for the Harbor
by John Ike
Work on my San Diego house is underway. It’s currently in an en plein air state, with all of its framing exposed, but I’m looking forward to the days I can relax, cook, and enjoy the Southern California breeze with a roof above my head. I recently chose the hot tub for the back porch. It will have its own small dec...
The Inaugural Julia Morgan Awards
Last night, Ike Kligerman Barkley was recognized with the inaugural Julia Morgan Award from the ICAA-Northern California Chapter in the Commercial, Civic and Institutional Architecture category for the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building at Stanford University. A glamorous crowd descended on the spectacular Carolands for ...
Walk around for a while in any American town, and you’ll probably find a bungalow. Or should I say you’ll probably find a bunch, clustered together, unassuming, petite. They’re a staple of American residential architecture that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately - partly because there are so many to think about!S...