Thesis

The residental architecture of John Byers and Elda Muir

The study of domestic architecture and the history of the land can give us an understanding of the development of Southern California. An interest in historic domestic architecture motivated this study of the architecture of John Byers and Edla Muir who were practicing at a time of rapid growth This study documented all extant houses designed by Byers and Muir in three major categories; adobe, Monterey colonial and period revival. Primary sources were interviews with people who had known the architects, articles about their work, articles written by Byers, public records of building permits for the houses, photographs, renderings, original floor plans and detail drawings of the houses. The thesis includes photographs and floor plans of representative examples of the architects' work. The appendix includes a list of the houses in chronological order with the name of the original owner and the style of the house.

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