MLTW (Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker)

(Berkeley, California, 1962 - 1970)

Charles Willard Moore, Partner

American (Benton Harbor, Michigan, 1925 - 1993, Austin, Texas)

Donlyn Lyndon, Partner

American (1936)

William Turnbull, Partner

American (New York City, New York, 1935 - 1997, Sausalito, California)

Richard Whitaker, Partner

American (Tahoe City, California, 1933)

Sea Ranch Condominium, Sea Ranch, California sketch

architectural drawing | graphite on tracing paper
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  • Sea Ranch Condominium, Sea Ranch, California sketch

    MLTW (Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker), Charles Willard Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull, Richard Whitaker, Sea Ranch Condominium, Sea Ranch, California sketch, 1964; graphite on tracing paper, 13 5/8 in. x 16 1/4 in. (34.61 cm x 41.28 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of William Turnbull; © MLTW

Located roughly a hundred miles north of San Francisco, Sea Ranch was possibly the most influential West Coast development of the 1960s. The developers hired landscape architect Lawrence Halprin to create building guidelines for the second-home community, which is dispersed along five thousand acres of meadows and wooded glens. His master plan requires dwellings to be designed and sited so that they blend in with the natural setting and minimize their visual and physical impact on the landscape.

MLTW created this much smaller plan for a portion of Sea Ranch that is located on a spectacularly rugged, thirty-five-acre swath of the Pacific Coast. These grassy slopes were to receive intense condominium development, thereby keeping the large-scale structures in one confined area. The diagram shows a cluster of irregularly shaped condominiums disposed kindly on the landscape.

13 5/8 in. x 16 1/4 in. (34.61 cm x 41.28 cm)
Acquired 1990
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of William Turnbull


architectural drawings, condominiums, hillside architecture, slopes, California, Pacific Coast, vacation homes

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