These Palo Alto Eichlers have a smart plan for sustaining ‘community’

How ceramic artist Shalene Valenzuela fools us with her 'domestic art'

A bright future lies ahead for the neon sign despite its iffy 100th anniversary

Radiant heat systems are the pride of Eichler living—but why do they stand on shaky ground?

Home Improvement

Breaking New Ground
With smart planning, attention to detail, and patience, Eichlers show they can be rebuilt with their original flair
Cool Current Today: Air Conditioning and Back-Up Heating
Air conditioning and back-up heating systems that offer comfort and reinforce the modern aesthetic


Jewels of the Earth
Moved by the natural world, Bay Area artist Milton Cavagnaro nurtured his creative spirit with painting, jewelry and the landscape
Carter Sparks Magic
Drama, humor, and exoticism meld with redwood warmth for architect's quirky brand of modernism


Spurred on by passion, charity and even profit, ambitious organizers and proud homeowners welcome in throngs on tours of their modern homes
Signature Singular Sparks
Using fantasy, surprise and whimsy, Carter Sparks' lively homes are like nothing else