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 History
Photographer Michael Hanson

Sense of Place

To the architects and Halprin, understanding the history of the land was a crucial part of the design process. In the spirit of the Pomo Indians, the coast’s first inhabitants, the men wanted The Sea Ranch to be a celebration of individuality, community, and place. Lawrence Halprin’s brilliant landscape design took cues from the Pomo and the subsequent sheep ranchers whose cypress hedgerows defined the meadows and defended against strong winds.

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