Little Farm Building in Marin County

I shot a photo of this little pump house about 35 years ago and used it in our book Shelter (1973). It’s still there, still has that unselfconscious elegant non-architectural grace of utility and practicality. It’s on the McIsaacs ranch near Tocoloma, Calif.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Little Farm Building in Marin County

  1. I've shot this and other farm/ranch buildings on the McIsaac ranch over the years – it's a little gem on a very beautiful piece of land . . . .

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