Eye for the Fantastic
San Francisco artist Michael Murphy celebrates the remarkable and 'forgotten' through his unique, brightly colored abstractions of modern architecture
Those Dirty, Rotten Beams
It's time to clean up their act—and bring back the natural beauty for good
Fielder's Choice
When San Francisco Giants great Willie Mays ran into the 'color barrier'—then turned to Eichler for a stylish new home
Beefing Up Home Security
With residential break-ins on the rise, here are today’s most effective ways to keep burglars away from your door
Jewelry of Our Times
San Francisco artist Margaret De Patta turned ornament into wearable modern sculpture
Mogie Modern
Exploring the hidden San Mateo cul-de-sac where creative but unheralded architect Mogens Mogensen left a lasting mark
Road to Bohemia
From Sausalito to Big Sur—California's free-spirited artists of the mid-century created magical worlds on a troubled planet
In the midst of teardowns and imposing, new homes, Menlo Park’s Eichler owners still manage to cherish living modern
How did a pair of all-steel X-100 'Eichlers' find their way to the Louisiana bayou?
How Ad Men Found Freud
Nostalgic and even laughable in retrospect, print ads of the mid-century underscore the era's genuine desires and anxieties
Catnip for Connoisseurs
Living a dream incognito, hard-working El Gato Gomez churns out art for those who like things sleek and stylish
Hillside Haven
For 100 Eichler owners, the good life is low-key living with big-time views high in the hills of Burlingame's Mills Estates
Paths to Pleasure
In bike-friendly, eco-conscious North Davis, a neighborhood of 200 Streng homes finds common ground on the greenbelt
Breaking New Ground
With smart planning, attention to detail, and patience, Eichlers show they can be rebuilt with their original flair
Plastic Fantastic Living
Disneyland's spectacular 'Monsanto House of the Future' combined science, showmanship and dreams
Power Up
As your home's electrical demands climb, its aging original system edges deeper into the danger zone
Bible of the West
How Sunset magazine won over everyday Californians with images of mid-century modern and guidance that lifted their lives
Return of the Butterflies
After years of hibernation following their mid-century boom, butterfly roofs are spreading their wings once again
Taking the Plunge
Original art makes the house look great—but it’s oh so easy to get hooked along the way
Home of the Friendly Bargain
After decades of obscurity, the spirited Eichlers of Concord are looking up—in the face of Mount Diablo's looming peaks