James R. Browning Building
by Tyler Velten
May, the San Francisco studio took a break from our desks and traveled two
blocks north on Seventh Street to visit the James R.
Browning United States Court of Appeals Building, headquarters of the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals. Completed in 1905, the design supervised by Treasury
architect James Knox Taylor is a...
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...
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...
Writing on the Wall
It all began with Cornbread.Cornbread in front of his famous tag. That was the tag of the very first graffiti writer, a high school student who began spray-painting his nickname all over Philadelphia in 1967 seeking the attention of a crush. TAKI 183, one of the most influential Graffiti artists, with his early ta...
Cheers: A Collection of Beautiful Bars
“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or
perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable:
intoxication.” Friedrich NietzscheIn the spirit of National Beer day, I'm offering up a *craft* list of my favorite bars - as much for the richness of their design as for their alc...
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...
All that Glitters
For a project to go well, an architect needs to understand a lot of different professions: contractor, lighting designer, interior decorator, mason, and more. But these last couple months I’ve found myself trying to understand a more unfamiliar role – Director. With another kind of "Director" - SFFAS Director Arian...
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 ...
by John Ike
Last weekend, I bought a gallon of paint the color of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Sherwin Williams makes it - they’re the bridge’s official paint supplier.)It’s known as “International Orange,” and it’s a great shade: iconic and attention-grabbing. It falls somewhere between Safety Orange and Fire Engine Red.When p...
Mastering the Art of Hotel Booking: Julia Morgan
by John Ike
Even when staying in a city I know well, I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants traveler. I've gotten to booking hotels on Hotel Tonight, an app that gets you cheap fares when you book late. In theory, it retains some of the serendipity and spontaneity of traveling. Mostly it just gets you a good deal. When visiting San...