William Wurster & Theodore Bernardi

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  • 6701 San Pablo Ave
  • Suite 218
  • Berkeley, CA 94720
  • 510-642-5124

William Wurster & Theodore Bernardi

The avant-garde Los Angeles magazine Arts & Architecture and its editor John Entenza addressed the need for new housing after World War II by launching the Case Study House Program in 1945. It promoted low cost, experimental, modern home designs using donated materials from industry and manufacturers and showcased the work of mostly Southern California modernists like Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, Craig Ellwood, and Pierre Koenig. San Francisco's William Wurster designed Case Study House #3 with his partner Theodore Bernardi (the firm became Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons), and we're excited to offer copies of the original plans.

Wurster's work embodied the Bay Region Style in its use of simple forms, natural materials, strong indoor-outdoor connections, and straightforward construction methods. He helped found the College of Environmental Design at U. C. Berkeley in the late 1950s. His Case Study House #3 is an H-shaped plan that celebrates nature with a tall covered outdoor room called “the porch” between the kitchen/living area and the bedroom wing. Draughtsman Arne Kartwold captured the garden-oriented feeling in two expressive perspective drawings. See the Arts & Architecture article on the house as built

A percentage of the plan price supports the Environmental Design Archives at U. C. Berkeley, which preserves the drawings and papers of significant California architects and landscape architects.

Plans by William Wurster & Theodore Bernardi

Signature Modern Front Elevation Plan #529-1 - Houseplans.com
Plan 529-1 from $4500.00
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2300 sq ft 3 bed 2.5 bath
1 story 79' wide 79' deep
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