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Location: San Rafael, California
The influential Case Study Houses program sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine introduced postwar America to radical new notions of residential housing, almost all of which manifested in experimental glass-and-steel abodes sprinkled across Southern California. There is, however, just one of them erected far from the rest, hanging over the rolling hills of Northern California. Designed by Beverley David Thorne, an architect who preferred to fly under the radar for most of his career, Case Study House #26 manages to adapt glass-and-steel construction for a very sloped site, creating a spacious, platform-like dwelling with an astounding connection to the outdoors. Since it was completed in 1963, the remarkable house has stayed within the family of the original owners—until now.