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The Architectural Legacy of The Sea Ranch

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Condominium One.

Description:

Condominium One
Sea Walk Drive
Year: 1965
Architect: Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker (MLTW)
Builder: Matt Sylvia
Client: Oceanic Properties

About:

Ten residences within a single, varied form merge with the slope; the building encloses two courts, one for parking and a grass court. Each unit is placed in relationship to some special aspect of the site.

Awards:

AIA California Council Twenty-Five Year Award, 1992
AIA Twenty-Five Year Award, 1991
Sea Ranch Design Award, 1972
AIA National Honor Award, 1967
"Homes for Better Living" Award, 1966
Progressive Architecture Citation, 1965

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Condominium One.

Description:

Condominium One and The Sea Ranch entrance
Sea Walk Drive
Year: 1965
Aerial photo, b/w, by Fred Lyon

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Condominium One, Courtyard Walkway.

Description:

Condominium One, Courtyard Walkway
Sea Walk Drive
Photo, color, by Scott Chieffo

About:

This walkway provides a sense of theater and ceremony, progression and intimacy. Within the courtyard, individual spaces capture sun and protect from wind.

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PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN AWARD, 1965.

Description:

PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN AWARD, 1965.
Citation, Category: Residential Design, Condominium on The Sea Ranch for Oceanic Properties, Inc.

About:

Recipients: Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker, Architects; Edward B. Allen, Associate; Lawrence Halprin & Associates, Landscape Architects; Davis and Morreau, Structural Engineers; Sarles, Brelje & Race, Civil Engineers; Richard Chylinski, Wind Tunnel Studies.

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The Sea Ranch General Store and Restaurant.

Description:

The Sea Ranch General Store and Restaurant
Sea Walk Drive
Year: 1966
Architect: Joseph Esherick and Associates
Builder: Matt Sylvia
Client: Oceanic Properties

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TSR Marker Building

Description:

The Sea Ranch "marker building," looking north along Highway One at the entrance to The Sea Ranch Sales Office, General Store, Restaurant and U.S. Post Office. The iconic Rams head logo was designed by Barbara Stauffacher. Photo by Gene Anthony, 1965-1967.

About:

This small shed-roofed storage building is the first structure encountered by visitors arriving at The Sea Ranch. Originally constructed in the mid early 1960's, it still serves to mark the entrance to the Sea Ranch Lodge and its restaurant and contract post office.

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The Sea Ranch Lodge.

Description:

The Sea Ranch Lodge
60 Sea Walk Drive
Year: 1968
Architect: Al Boeke and Louis McLane with Agora Architects
Builder: Matt Sylvia
Client: Oceanic Properties

About:

By 2006, the Lodge was a landmark for the coastal area. On the porch, you can see the larger-than-life bronze sculpture of a bicycle, by Sea Ranch sculptor, Robert Holmes.

Awards:

Governor's Design Award

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The Lodge and new additions.

Description:

The Lodge and new additions
60 Sea Walk Drive
Year: 1968
Architect: Al Boeke and Louis McLane with Agora Architects
Builder: Matt Sylvia
Aerial photo taken in 1972
Client: Oceanic Properties
Lodge additions: by Al Boeke (1972?)

About:

Four years after construction of the initial building with the restaurant and General Store, the Sea Ranch Lodge had grown to include 22 lodging units as shown in this 1972 photo.

Awards:

Governor's Design Award

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Hedgerow Houses.

Description:

Hedgerow Houses
Black Point Reach
Year: circa 1965
Architect: Joseph Esherick & Associates

About:

The Hedgerow Houses, also known as Demonstration Houses, were located in a particularly challenging area to demonstrate the influence of appropriate design. Each house responds to its site, alongside a hedgerow and close to the sea. Roofs are elevated to the southeast, catching sun, while prevailing winds sweep over them. Some of the Hedgerow Houses still have their original sod roofs.

Awards:

Special Citation, "Homes for Better Living" Awards Program, AIA/House & Home/American Home, 1967.

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Hedgerow Houses-Aerial.

Description:

Hedgerow Houses
Year: 1965
Architect: Joseph Esherick & Associates

Awards:

Special Citation, "Homes for Better Living" Awards Program, AIA/House & Home/American Home, 1967.

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Hedgerow Houses-Aerial.

Description:

Hedgerow Houses
Black Point Reach
1965 photo

About:

This early aerial photo reveals a goal of the Hedgerow Houses: to demonstrate houses built to protect from the forces of nature while celebrating them. Roofs rise toward the southeast, gaining sunlight and allowing northwest winds to pass over them. Courtyards, protected from the wind, are on the south. Siting allows individual houses to work as a group and to relate to the larger context.

Awards:

Special Citation, "Homes for Better Living" Awards Program, AIA/House & Home/American Home, 1967.

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Moonraker Athletic Center.

Description:

Moonraker Athletic Center
Moonraker Road
Year: 1968
Architect: MLTW/Moore Turnbull with Lawrence Halprin and Barbara Stauffacher
Builder: Matt Sylvia
Client: Oceanic Properties
Owner: The Sea Ranch Association

About:

The Center is envisioned as a single wall to provide shelter from the wind, with "saddlebag" structures hanging off of the wall, providing spaces for changing rooms and mechanical needs. Landscape "berms" connect the structure to the landscape and serve to protect the pool and tennis courts from wind. Barbara Stauffacher's supergraphics enliven the interior spaces. This 1968 photo, taken before vegetation modified the earthwork's appearance, provides a rare chance to see the Center's bones.

Awards:

Sea Ranch Design Award, 1972
AIA National Honor Award, 1968
AIA Bay Region Award of Merit, 1967
Progressive Architecture Citation, 1966

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Moonraker Athletic Center Pool.

Description:

Moonraker Athletic Center Pool
Moonraker Road
Year: 1968
Architect: MLTW/Moore Turnbull with Lawrence Halprin and Barbara Stauffacher
Builder: Matt Sylvia

Awards:

Sea Ranch Design Award, 1972
AIA National Honor Award, 1968
AIA Bay Region Award of Merit, 1967
Progressive Architecture Citation, 1966

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Moonraker Rec Center graphic.

Description:

An example of one of Barbara Stauffacher's striking and award-winning graphics at the Moonraker Recreation Center.

Awards:

State of California, Governor's Design Awards, 1966.

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Cluster Homes.

Description:

The Cluster Homes were built between 1973 and 1980 along White Fir Wood and along Madrone Meadow in Unit 29A. The first phase was designed by William Turnbull. A second, larger phase by Oceanic Properties staff simplified the siting concept.

Awards:

Local Sea Ranch Design Award prior to 1986.

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Downhill view of cluster houses.

Description:

Downhill view of cluster houses on White Fir Wood and Madrone Meadow.

Awards:

Local Sea Ranch Design Award prior to 1986.

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Walk-In cabins.

Description:

Walk-In cabins
Year: 1972
Architect: Obie Bowman

About:

The fifteen Walk-In Cabins were designed by Obie Bowman, his first project in The Sea Ranch. Originally called Hike-In Cabins, the cabins each have the same basic form, and fit in among the trees along Redwood Rise. Owners and guests park down the hill and walk in.

Awards:

Award in Architecture and Engineering, 1972
Sea Ranch Design Award, 1974
First Honor Award, Homes for Better Living Awards Program, AIA/House and Home, 1975
AIA/Sunset "Western Home Awards" Citation, 1976

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The Sea Ranch Chapel.

Description:

The Sea Ranch Chapel
Highway One
Donated by Betty and Robert Buffum
Designed by artist James Hubbell
Contractor: Thamby Kumara, assisted by Bruce Johnson.
Carpenters: Tim Carpenter and Tim McMurtry
Additional craftsmen: Will Cooper, Dennis Roderick, and Gordon Smith
Landscape Architect: George Wickstead
Coordinating Architect: Don Jacobs
Year: 1985

About:

The non-denominational Sea Ranch chapel offers sanctuary for prayer, meditation and spiritual renewal. Its beauty is a tribute to the coastal artisans who crafted it without plans from a model and sketches. The Chapel features a cedar roof accented with copper and a bronze spire. Handcrafted teak doors complement the native redwood.

Awards:

Gold Nugget Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 1985
California State AIA, Excellence in Craftsmanship Award, 1985
AIA Affiliate - Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture: Citation Award for Excellence in Design, 1987 and 1993

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The Knipp-Stengel Barn.

Description:

The Knipp-Stengel Barn
Year of photo, 2006
Highway One
Built: circa 1880
Restoration 1985-1998

About:

The Knipp-Stengel Barn, also known as the White Barn, was built around 1880 (from parts of an even older barn). Restored between 1985 and 1998 with labor provided by Sea Ranchers known as Barnies, the structure is now on the National Register of Historic Places, and it serves many assembly uses for the community.

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Barnacle Barn House.

Description:

Barnacle Barn House
Year: 1968; additions, 1996
Architect: MLTW/Moore Turnbull
Builder: Matt Sylvia

About:

The Barnacle Barn House represents the Binker Barn typology. The Sea Ranch has several other examples of this form. The form draws inspiration from the local vernacular agricultural buildings. The interior of the Binker Barn continues this, with the lofts and varied spaces of an actual barn.

Awards:

AIA Sunset Western Homes Award
Architectural Record

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Award-winning home in Unit 3.

Description:

Award-winning home in Unit 3
Year: 1989
Architect: Lyndon/Buchanan
Builder: Matthew Sylvia
Addition:
Architect: Donlyn Lyndon
Builder: Timothy Carpenter.
Year: 2002

Awards:

Sunset Magazine Interior Design Award for Materials, 1992
AIA San Francisco Chapter Award of Honor for Design Excellence, 1991
Metropolitan Home Magazine Award, 1990
American Wood Council Award of Merit, 1990

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Sod-roofed home on Sea Gate.

Description:

Sod-roofed home on Sea Gate
Architect: Obie Bowman

About:

A sod roof, like this one, links house and land. The sod roofs of the first Hedgerow houses attained an iconic place in The Sea Ranch's image.

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Award-winning home in Unit 7.

Description:

Award-winning home in Unit 7
Year: 1991
Architect: Lyndon/Buchanan Associates
Builder: Matt Sylvia

About:

The house and its studio are part of Sea Gate Row. The architect calls it "a treasure house for light." The house engages with its immediate surroundings, rather than focusing on distant views.

Awards:

Sea Ranch Design Award, 1998
AIA Sunset Western Home Citation, 1996

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Award-winning home in Unit 19.

Description:

Award-winning home in Unit 19
Year: 1973
Architect: Phil Bradley, Winn Scott
Builder: Helmut Emke of Custom Builders, Gualala

About:

From the design award: "...There is much charm in the way in which this steep roof follows the general contour of the hill site on which the house is situated."

Awards:

Sea Ranch Merit Design Award, 1974

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Award-winning home in Unit 19.

Description:

Award-winning home in Unit 19
Architect: Dmitri Vedensky
Builder: H. Halvorsen
Year: 1968

About:

The simple, elegant house set among redwoods celebrates its particular forested, hillside surroundings.

Awards:

Sea Ranch Design Award, 1998

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Award-winning example of Binker Barn form, Unit 17.

Description:

Award-winning example of Binker Barn form, Unit 17
Architect: William Turnbull

About:

Seventeen of these barn-like forms were designed and built between 1967 and 1972.

Awards:

AIA Sunset Western Homes Award
Architectural Record

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Award-winning home in Unit 24.

Description:

Award-winning home in Unit 24
Year: 1976
Architect: Don Jacobs

Awards:

AIA Sunset Western Homes Award
Architectural Record

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Condominium One.

Description:

Award-winning home in Unit 28
Architect: William Turnbull, Jr
Builder: Matt Sylvia
Year: 1989
Addition: 1989
Architect: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Builder: Matt Sylvia

About:

Based on simple vernacular building forms, this home was thoughtfully designed for this particular site. Careful siting and orientation provide wind shelter, privacy, and views along the coast.

Awards:

Sea Ranch Design Award, 199

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Award-winning home in Unit 5.

Description:

Award-winning home in Unit 5
Year: 1967
Architects: Charles Moore/William Turnbull

About:

Listed in Greatbuildings.com.

Awards:

AIA Sunset Western Homes Award
Sea Ranch Design Award, 1998

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Award-winning home in Unit 31.

Description:

Award-winning home in Unit 31
Year: 1976
Architect: Don Jacobs

Awards:

Local Sea Ranch Design Award before 1986
Sea Ranch Community Enhancement Award, 1986

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An example of one of many sources of additional information available in the Archives collection.

Description:

Binder with photographs, articles, CD-ROM, DVD presentation, maps, lists of design awards, etc. used by the Archives Committee for a presentation on March 25, 2006 by Wayne Donaldson.

About:

An example of one of many sources of additional information available in the Archives collection.

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