Completed in 1963, Thorne's Case Study House No. 26 was a steel-frame home in the Marin County city of San Rafael. Though some Case Study plans were never realized, Thorne's design did get built -- a spacious, four-bedroom home perched on a hillside. As his plans show, the carport sits at street level. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows filled out the frame, offering views beyond the 800-square-foot deck to what had been, more than 40 years ago, undisturbed chaparral. To lift its steel frame into place, a crane and crew needed only eight hours. Bolting and welding its various elements into permanent position took only eight hours more. Thorne, who had taken a welding course after he had graduated from the UC Berkeley architecture department, oversaw every move. Today the design still stands, intact.
From Beverley Thorne
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