Tuesday, February 28, 2023

White Fir Wood Cluster

Sharon and I explored this Sea Ranch Architectural Marker on Day 5 of our Sea Ranch trip in July.

White Fir Wood Cluster
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This marker is located on the Meadow Trail near Pine Meadow Road, Sea Ranch, California. The Sea Ranch Archives Committee has identified twenty-six historic sites scattered about The Sea Ranch. They have constructed trail markers with information explaining the significance of each place. They were placed as part of The Sea Ranch 50th anniversary being celebrated from Memorial Day 2014 to Memorial Day 2015. Since then, a number of architecture and landscape markers have been added. The GPS coordinates for this location are 38° 43' 10.7" N 123° 27' 20.1" W.


This cluster is the lower of two sets of cluster housing built for sale by the developer. These modest dwellings were envisioned, according to Al Boeke, as "changing rooms" between city living and the outdoors, where one could enjoy activities such as hiking the network of trails that crisscross the area. The four demonstration units at the head of the meadow, just below the first car barn, are of post & beam construction. The balance of the complex was revised to reduce costs. The integrated site planning makes these dwellings fit into the topography particularly well.

Site Plan and Architect, Demonstration Houses:
MLTW/William Turnbull, Jr., 1973

Architect, Remaining Houses:
Oceanic Properties, Inc., Al Boeke Consultant, 1974-1980


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