Energy Efficiency in Historic Architecture

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To understand the appropriate treatment of Historic Architecture, one must consider its foundational efficiencies. The true value of historic architecture is in preservation of its original conditions; it is then it most serves the environment and can continue to provide effective service, retaining its unique style and character, thereby being used and enjoyed for even more generations. The  “embodied energy” savings and inherent character of historic materials is what is … Read More →

Then and Now; One


  Francisco Terrace by Frank Lloyd Wright 1895 While cleaning out some of my bookshelves I came across The Life and Works of Frank Lloyd Wright -Thomas A. Heinz (ISBN 1-58663-765-7) It was page 286 that caught my attention. Francisco Terrace; ”Wright was as innovative in his designs for low-cost housing as he was for expensive estates intended for the wealthy. At Francisco Terrace, he kept the bedrooms separate form the other … Read More →

2018 S.R.J.C Walking Tour Guide.


Historical Walking Tours April  24, May- 1,8,15,22  Thursday Evenings 4:30-6:30 Presented by Mark Parry of Idea Studios (544-4344)   References:   Peterson:  Santa Rosa’s Architectural Heritage LaBaron: Santa Rosa: A Nineteenth century Town LaBaron: Santa Rosa: A Twentieth Century City McAlester: Field Guide to American Houses Sennett: Flesh & Stone Dostof: The City Shaped Reps: The Making of Urban America Struss & Howe: Generations-the history of Americas future   Schedule … Read More →

A Heroic Family

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Cal Fireman  Dominik Schwab and his parent’s Leo & Mira Schwab received Santa Rosa’s sixth and seventh fire reconstruction permit Friday January 18th  @  12:00 pm over the counter  after 2 hours with  plan check engineer Mathew Godinez.  Dominick is a true a hero. He waited out the Tubs fire in his Coffee Park home because he had put on it a metal roof and thought it might survive. But when … Read More →

Lawrence Simons FAIA – Retires

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Larry Simmons FAIA  turned 80 in May of 2017 and liquidated his extensive real-estate holdings. He retired from architectural practice and development in February of 2017. It was a process that most likely took years to plan and execute. However Larry in his signature modesty did not talk about it much. You can read more in the Press Democrat article here. Larry is perhaps the most significant Sonoma County architect … Read More →

Architecture Mirror of the Times 2018

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  Architecture: Mirror of the Times (Canceled)2/13-3/13 2018 SRJC Community Education Historic and Contemporary Architecture from 1637-2018 A SRJC Interactive Discussion moderated by Mark Parry AIA, CSI, SAH  2018 Course Outline    Week One 2/13- American Architectural Ideal                           Colonial & Early Years 1640-1860’s Course introduction Architectural Ideal Indigenous peoples The migrations of peoples Thomas Jefferson-architect Georgian, Federal, Greek, Classical … Read More →

Frank Gehry and the power of encouragement.

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              This is a story about the influence and power of mentors on our lives and the world around us. I had the honor of being the last associate of Calvin C. Straub FAIA (1920-1998) and to have this great man, who was also a significant architect and instructor of architecture, mentor me in the early years of my professional career. During his high … Read More →

Zaha Hadid enters history….


We lost Zaha Hadid: Thursday March 24 2016 she was 65.  You can read more here. She considered herself one who “pushes boundaries” yet as one who still respects traditional architecture, I think the pushing of too many boundaries is one of our biggest problems as architects today. Without boundaries you have little order, architecture is actually all about principles of ordering things. As my friend Richard Doria stated once … Read More →

Julia Morgan: “Artistry in Architecture” May 18th 2016-7:00 pm

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    Artistry in Architecture: Julia Morgan                                      At talk with the Cloverdale Historical Society May 18th 2016 @ 7:00 Pm.: Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. 209 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale, CA 95425 See map here   Julia Morgan remains one of the most prolific, effective and accomplished architects of her era.  Modest, talented … Read More →

Sonoma Leauge Salon 11/19/2015 with Mark Parry


“Preserving Our Architectural Heritage” by North Bay Architect, Mark Parry aia,csi,sah. This November 19th League Salon on key issues and processes of preservation will be at the Maysonnave House. The Salon begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes snacks and a glass of wine. As with all League Salons, Mr. Parry will welcome questions and discussion; donations of $10 per adult non-League members are requested. Wm. Mark Parry AIA, CSI, SAH … Read More →