ARCHITECTURAL FORUM May 1936. Four Houses in California by William Wilson Wurster.

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Howard Myers [Editor]

Howard Myers [Editor]: THE ARCHITECTURAL FORUM. Jersey City: Rogers and Manson, Inc. [Volume 64, Number 2, May 1936]. A very good or better vintage magazine with wire spiral binding and minor shelf wear. The spiral binding is in unusually good condition and does not bind any pages when opened. A very nice copy thus. Interior unmarked and very clean. Out of print.

8.75 x 11.75 spiral-bound magazine with 164 pages of editorial content showcasing the Architectural and Industrial Design of the American Streamline Moderne Machine Age aesthetic. There are also an excellent assortment of vintage trade advertisements that espouse the depression moderne streamline aesthetic quite nicely.

  • Four Houses in California by William Wilson Wurster: 26 pages with 30 b/w illustrations of houses in the Santa Cruz Mountains; Hillsborough, San Mateo County; Monterey County; and, Berkeley
  • Store Building in Lousiville, KY by Wischmeyer and Arrasmith, Architects
  • Beauty Salons: 6 pages with 11 b/w illustrations including work by Holabird and Root, William Richards and H. M. Greene, La Roche and Dahl
  • Owens-Illinois Research Building, Toledo, OH by Walker & Weeks, Architects: 7 pages with 10 b/w illustrations
  • Things to Come: H. G. Wells and London Films project architecture into the year 2036 [2 pages with 5 b/w illustrations]
  • Chelsea Lane Apartments, New York City by Joseph Martine, Architect
  • Star Electric Building, Newark, NJ by B. Sumner Gruzen, Architect
  • Building Money
  • Departments include The Month in Building, Letters, Books, Forum of Events and Products and Practice

William Wilson Wurster (1895-1973) has been widely recognized as the foremost proponent of a distinctive Bay Area architectural style. But his ideas extended far beyond California: In private practice and as head of architecture schools at the University of California at Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wurster shaped an entire generation of architects and city planners.

Along with his wife, city planner Catherine Bauer, and landscape architect Thomas Church, Wurster was intimately involved in the rise of modern city planning and landscape design in the United States. In keeping with the social and economic conditions of the late 1930s, Wurster encouraged the development of small houses that offered the livability of those of greater scale, and he influenced the building of affordable mass-produced housing. His designs embodied principles of simplicity and economy, yet incorporated complex human needs. Wurster's legacy is especially relevant today, as uncertain economic conditions and social dislocations affect housing for Americans at every level.