Third Bay Tradition

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The Third Bay Tradition (Third Bay Area Tradition) is an architectural style from the period of 1945 through the 1980s that was rooted in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with its best known example being Sea Ranch. Considered a hybrid of modern and vernacular styles,[1] the tradition was codified by the design works of Donlyn Lyndon, Charles Moore, and William Turnbull. It was characterized by turning the horizontal form of the California ranch house into a vertical form that resembled the vernacular farm building.[2] The tradition had playful, woodsy, and informal characteristics. It was environmentally attentive, though more abstract. It was cubistic and featured dramatic natural light.[3] A repository of plans from the tradition are housed at the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley.[4]

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  1. ^ "Sea Ranch". Sonoma Discoveries. January 7, 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Swedenborgian Church" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. p. 16. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Weinstein, Dave (December 4, 2004). "No second fiddle / Esherick sidekick is a force of his own in architecture's Third Bay Tradition". SF Gate. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Environmental Design Archives". University of California, Berkeley - College of Environmental Design. Retrieved 16 August 2011.