Recent News

“The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment and Idealism”(March 2019)

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is celebrating The Sea Ranch with the exhibit “The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment and Idealism”, through April 28th.

Let’s start with a critique of the exhibit by John King, the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic, “SFMOMA’s Sea Ranch exhibition dwells on an idealized past”.

Next, a two-part, long-form feature, “‘Paradise at the end of the world’: An oral history of the Sea Ranch”, by Kelsey Keith and found on the Curbed website. Part I here and Part II here.

Martha and I will be visiting the exhibit in early April – can’t wait to explore!

Snow! …lots and lots and lots of snow! (February 2019)

On February 21st and February 22nd it snowed at the Byrne Residence! Many readers may recall previous posts about snow, (we have experienced it a few times before – once earlier this year), but this was an event for the record books!

…and, yet, spring beckons!

Podcast featuring Will Bruder produced by USModernist Radio! (February 2019)

A dear friend sent Martha a link to a podcast on USModernist Radio, featuring Will Bruder. In their words…

USModernist took 25 fans of the podcast to tour Phoenix, Arizona last November. Phoenix is the home of the Chimichanga, which Tucson disputes, but more importantly for us, the city is home to some really great Modernist architecture. We saw the Musical Instrument Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Paulo Soleri’s Cosanti and Arcosanti, Wright’s First Christian Church, and the David and Gladys Wright House, among many other amazing buildings.

One of these was Phoenix Central Library, designed by Arizona’s Will Bruder. Largely self-trained, Bruder apprenticed with Paolo Soleri in woodwork, metal work, and masonry and contributed to Soleri’s book Arcology. After graduating from college in 1969, Bruder apprenticed with Gunnar Birkerts, assisting in design of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. He opened his first studio in 1974 and in 1987 was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Host George Smart interviewed Bruder in the lobby of the Embassy Suites right off Central Avenue, just a few blocks up from his Phoenix Central Library.

Happy New Year! (January 2019)

Martha and I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I’ll be updating a little later on with a photograph or two highlighting the weather at the Byrne Residence on the last day of 2018!

…yup, 2019 is definitely getting off to a great start! 🙂

Future Topics:

  1. A post describing original design considerations and construction details, (covering 1994 to 1998), as well as subtle retrofits made to the Byrne Residence since we purchased it, (covering 2010 to the present).
  2. A collection of images Martha has captured of the wildlife we’ve observed since we began visiting the Byrne Residence in the spring of 2010.
  3. A special post featuring commentary from the architect, Will Bruder, as well as the builder/former owners, Bill & Carol Byrne, as we trace the 20th anniversary timeline of the construction of the Byrne Residence, (built during last half of 1996/all of 1997/first half of 1998).

Intriguing Products:

  1. The Ruark R7 Radiogram entertainment system.


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