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Three new books take you deeper into Bay Area architecture.

Architectural sleuthing in the West, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, is now a little easier, thanks to three new books published in time for the holidays. Two are in-depth studies of architects and their work, while one is a specialized guide on doing your own research.

Bay Area Houses, edited by Sally Woodbridge (Peregrine Smith Books, Salt Lake City, 1988; $35). Originally published in 1976, this 371-page book has been reissued with a new chapter on innovative architects practicing today. Seven essays examine historical aspects of the Bay Region tradition in house design, including the shingle-style contributions of Bernard Maybeck and Ernest Coxhead, and the Eichler tract houses of the 1950s and '60s.

The book looks at regional characteristics of architect-designed houses in the Bay Area-such as strong indoor-outdoor relationships, emphasis on natural materials like wood, and informal, open floor plans.

Julia Morgan, Architect, by Sara Holmes Boutelle (Abbeville Press, New York, 1988; $55). This 271 -page volume, full of contemporary color and archival blackand-white photographs, is the first fulllength biography of the West's most famous woman architect. Besides Hearst Castle, Morgan designed more than 800 buildings in California and Hawaii.

The author describes Morgan's arduous training as the first woman admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and examines her major works in detail.

Architectural Records in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Guide To Research,

edited by Waverly Lowell (Garland Publishing, New York, 1988; $47). This guide to researching the history of Bay Area buildings and architects was written for architects, preservationists, and historians, but it's also useful for curious Bay Area homeowners.

The book lists more than 200 sources of architectural records, including traditional archives, historical societies and museums, utility companies, banks, and government agencies. It also lists every architect practicing in San Francisco up to 1910.
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