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Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House Hardcover – March 18, 2008

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"Gregory and Fletcher bring May back to the attention of architectural mavens with a well-written, highly informative text and photographs of May's houses as they exist today." ~Modernism

"...the overdue reappraisal of Cliff May...has enough recently photographed houses to suggest that the Ranch's relevance isn't lost on everyone." ~Architectural Digest

"The mod yet traditional abodes designed by Cliff May, the style's chief progenitor, seamlessly fuse indoors and outdoors--the epitome of Califonia easy living." ~Angeleno

"...tells the colorful tale of this self-taught architectural Johnny Appleseed who scattered the ranch style from coast to coast." ~Men's Vogue

About the Author

Daniel P. Gregory is Senior Home Editor at Sunset magazine. He has a Ph.D. in architecture from UC Berkeley. Joe Fletcher is a photographer based in the Bay Area with clients that include Wallpaper*, Dwell, and Interior Design magazines.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830473
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.3 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger V. Meeker on September 4, 2009
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Another stunning effort by Rizzoli International Publications documents the career and widespread influence of Cliff May on mid-20th century residential architecture. Dan Gregory's text is informative and entertaining, and provides excellent insight regarding the early-California ranchos influences and thinking behind May's design ideas. Joe Fletcher's photography offers a lot of diversity, showing both contemporary period shots as well as numerous beautiful modern-day views of many of May's most significant residential designs. Floor plans, original sketches and renderings are also included, which makes "The Modern Ranch House" a wonderfully diverse and comprehensive retrospective on May. When one realizes that May was never formally trained as an architect, his broad influence is even more amazing. As fulfilling and singular in its coverage of May's career as this book is, this reader was left wanting for even more. Highly recommended.
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A sizable coffee table book outlining Cliff May's prodigious career, richly illustrated with vintage and new color photos, many in large format. Only a few layouts include floor plans, and these are from vintage publications. May's relationship with Sunset Magazine is well covered, but the 1950's tract ranchos - small in size but huge in impact - merit much more attention, the 18,000 built houses represented here by photos of just four or five remodeled homes and virtually no information about the means of production or marketing. Those hoping for a detailed reference work or architectural analysis will need to look elsewhere. This book is instead chock-full of Cliff May eye-candy, and plenty of ranch house inspiration, beautifully presented.
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I bought this as a gift for my son and daughter-in-law as they live in a Cliff May that they need to update. They need to make changes to the kitchen but want to maintain the integrity of the design. They have both told me that this is a wonderful book and it has given them many good ideas. So, based on their recommendations, I would have to rate this highly. I am looking forward to a visit with them so I can actually see the book in person!!
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By Nord on September 5, 2012
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This book is beautifully edited and art directed getting to the heart of Cliff May...who he was as a person as well as the motivations and culture that influenced the homes he designed. One leaves a read through (a very enjoyable vacation day in my case) with the sense his career spanned a rich season in America where talent and entrepreneurial spirit could join forces to make amazing things (eminently livable homes in this case) come to life.
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I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to all Cliff May owners and prospective owners. Gregory does a wonderful job of balancing academic research and analysis with colorful anecdotes about the man behind the homes. The photography is top-notch, especially the archived images brought to life from the past.
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