Here’s a quick tour of the evolution of our favorite alphabetical architectural style.

February 1957 Cover with an A-Frame Home
From the Sunset Archives

In 1934 Rudolph Schindler designed what is now recognized as the first A-frame, a Lake Arrowhead vacation home that simplified and modernized the Norman-style architecture required by the housing tract his client lived in. But it was San Francisco architecture firm Campbell & Wong’s 1952 Leisure House that caught the country’s imagination and proliferated in the prosperous postwar years.

Here’s a quick tour of the evolution of our favorite alphabetical architectural style. 


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