Apartment Complex in San Francisco

On Brotherhood Way, near the Sunset District, kind of a strange area with the land on one side of the road for a mile or so owned (and populated) by churches.

Shown here is the other side of the street. Oddly enough, there’s a Beniamano Bufano statue titled “Peace” at bottom center here. It’s a spectacularly beautiful sculpture of stone, stainless steel, and tiles, weirdly juxtaposed with these jammed-together apartments.

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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:

5 Responses to Apartment Complex in San Francisco

  1. can’t really see much of the statue, but absolutely the apartments/condos are a sad bit of “architecture” (and I use the word very very loosely)

  2. Born in Italy in 1898, Beniamino Benvenuto Bufano came to the United States at young age with his family. After studying art in New York City, he eventually moved to San Francisco where he taught both at UC-Berkeley and at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He died in 1970. Peace, one of his most famous works, was located outside the San Francisco Airport for almost 40 years. It was recently moved to make way for a parking garage, but was restored and relocated near Lake Merced.

  3. I’m really not sure about these funny, slightly funky, apartments. I would not like to live there or anywhere in the neighborhood myself (too many churches!) but it is surely better than living way up in some high-rise box. Looking on the bright side, they are probably built of compressed cardboard and stucco, so will rot out in ten years or so.

    Using the magic of Google Street View, I took a close look at the beautiful Peace statue. Street View, recognizing the human face on it, carefully blurred it out. The wonders of technology!

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