Beverley Thorne, the Last Surviving Case Study Architect

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With Julius Shulman passing away last year, so too are many of the original owners, and with them goes direct connection to famous Case Study homes. The LA Times files this great profile on Beverley Thorne, the last remaining architect to have participated in the magazine Arts & Architecture‘s 1945 to 1966 project to introduce modern architecture by up-and-coming and cutting-edge architects at the time. Thorne was responsible for Case Study House No. 26, beautiful in all steel, glass, and concrete, in San Rafael, California, built toward the end of the project, between ’62 and ’63. Although, the paper reports, he actively tried to stay out of the spotlight, unlike many of the other Case Study participants, at 85, he’s still a working architect, living in Hawaii but splitting his time going back to California, quietly spending his time on projects he pours himself into (still all glass and steel, of course). “‘I don’t look at my old houses very often,’ he said. ‘You always know they could have been done better, and it really hurts you to see that.'”

For further reading, here’s a great interview with Thorne about perhaps his most famous project: the Brubeck house in Oakland.