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Books About The Sea Ranch

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Alinder, Mary, Christine Kreyling, and Andrea Lunsford, Living at The Sea Ranch, The Sea Ranch, The Sea Ranch Association, 2019. (Sold locally.)

Clark, Susan M., Images of America: The Sea Ranch, San Francisco: Arcadia Publishing, 2009.

Cochrane, Thomas E., Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast - Exploring the Coastal Geology of Northern California, River Beach Press, 2017.

Dillon, Richard H., The Story of The Sea Ranch, San Francisco: Oceanic Properties Inc., 1965.

Durston, Tammy, Legendary Locals of The Mendonoma Coast, Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.

Elder, Rob, The Magic of The Sea Ranch, The Sea Ranch: Two Cats Press, 2011 and Locals, The Sea Ranch: Two Cats Press, 2014.

Fletcher, Jennifer Dunlop, and Joseph Becker, The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism, San Francisco: Prestel Publishing, 2018. (Illustrated catalogue to SF MOMA exhibit 2018-2019).

Halprin, Lawrence, The Sea Ranch...Diary of an Idea, The Sea Ranch: Comet Studios, 1995.

Keim, Kevin P., ed, An Architectural Life: Memoirs & Memories of Charles W. Moore, Boston: A Bulfinch Press Book/Little, Brown and Company, 1996.

Konigsmark, Ted, Geologic Trips of the Sea Ranch, Medford: GeoPress, 1994.

Life on The Sea Ranch: A Series of Informational Booklets about the History and Environment, The Sea Ranch: The Sea Ranch Association, 1994-2003.

McAlester, Virginia Savage, A Field Guide To American Houses, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013, pp. 650, 652, 756, 758, 769.

Lyndon, Donlyn, and Jim Alinder, The Sea Ranch, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004.

Lyndon, Donlyn, and Jim Alinder, The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place, and Community on the Northern California Coast, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.

Mahaffey, Elaine, Wildflowers of The Sea Ranch, Second Edition, Gualala: Platt & Company, 2005.

Moore, Charles, Gerald Allen and Donlyn Lyndon, The Place of Houses, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974.

Ridley, Jo Ann, The Barn Book: About One Community's Successful Volunteer Effort to Rescue, Restore and Reuse its Defining Historical Landmark, The Sea Ranch: The Sea Ranch Foundation, 1999.

Sexton, Richard, Parallel Utopias: The Quest for Community, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1995.

Solomon, Barbara Stauffacher, Why? Why Not?, San Francisco: Fun Fog Press, 2013. (Ms Solomon created the supergraphics that adorn--or used to adorn--various Sea Ranch buildings.)

Stout, William, Dung Ngo, with Lauri Puchall, eds., William Turnbull, Jr.: Buildings in the Landscape, San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2000.

Treib, Marc, Appropriate: The Houses of Joseph Esherick, San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2008.

Yudell, Buzz and John Ruble, Moore Ruble Yudell - Making Place, Victoria, Australia: Images Publishing Group, 2004.

Zimm, Malin (Ed.), Hall of Femmes: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Hall of Femmes, 2017.


Some of these titles are available for purchase through your local bookstore or other shops local to The Sea Ranch. Some are out of print. These may be borrowed from your local public library through interlibrary loan.

Informational Booklets: The Life on The Sea Ranch booklets, Mahaffey's "Wildflowers of the Sea Ranch", and Halprin's "Taking Part Workshop...Re-visiting the Sea Ranch Value System" can be purchased at The Sea Ranch Association office. For further descriptions of some of the booklets in an Adobe Acrobat document, click the link above.

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