Crossing into Wurster Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus, the path to the Wurster Gallery branches under a staircase and skirts a couple of bathrooms. By this point, the ponderous concrete building, designed by Joseph Esherick, Vernon DeMars, and Donald Olsen in 1964, the year after William Wurster retired as dean of the College of Environmental Design at Berkeley, has extinguished natural light or the sight of nature. Gallery visitors find themselves in a room floored by linoleum, framed by white drywall, topped by black-painted concrete, and occupied by mechanical equipment and a grid of thin fluorescent filaments. Such a space would doubtless have defeated the best efforts of Wurster, the architect,...
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Review Article| June 01 2012
Review: The Houses of William Wurster: Frames for Living
The Houses of William Wurster: Frames for Living.
Wurster Gallery, University of California,
Berkeley. 30 September–15 November 2011
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2012) 71 (2): 249–250.
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Mitchell Schwarzer; Review: The Houses of William Wurster: Frames for Living. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2012; 71 (2): 249–250. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2012.71.2.249
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