The Story of Sea Ranch

It began with four young architects sitting atop 100-foot cliffs that plunge into the Pacific. They dreamt of creating a new model for coastal development. That was in 1965. What happened next was monumental.

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Sea Ranch residential community and lodge
Photographer Michael Hanson

Collective Dream

Stacks of wood-clad cubes that form the Condominium building make a collective tapered whole that seems shaped as much by the wind and salt spray angling up from the sea as by the hands of those founding architects―Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull, and Richard Whitaker. Today, their vision has grown into The Sea Ranch, one of the nation’s first master-planned residential communities and a high-water mark for conservation-minded architecture.

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