Moore House
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Architect Charles Moore
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Location Orinda, California   map
Date 1962   timeline
Building Type small house, architect's house
 Construction System wood frame
Climate mild
Context rural
Style Neo-Vernacular
Notes Sliding walls open space to site. Aediculae particularize interior.


Photo, drastically remodeled structure in 2006

Photo, drastically remodeled structure in 2006


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Discussion Moore House Commentary

"Its forms admittedly derive from primitive huts and from Mayan or Hindu temples—to say nothing of the famous Trenton Bathhouses by Louis I. Kahn—and Moore makes it clear that he was thinking in broad and recollective terms when he made the design."

— Gerald Allen. Charles Moore. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1980. p.24.

The Creator's Words

"The site was bought one day on impulse simply because it seems full of magic.... Years before, a bulldozer had cut a flat circular building site, which had since grown grassy and now seemed part of the natural setting, like those perfectly circular meadows that inspired medieval Chinese poets to mediate upon perfection."

— Charles Moore, Gerald Allen, Donlyn Lyndon. The Place of Houses. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974. p59.

One opportunity that was especially welcome was for the extensive application of layers of mythic recollection. Tall wooden columns from an old factory were used to ensure that something in this small structure would be grand."

— Moore, Allen, Lyndon. The Place of Houses. p60.

Sources on Moore House

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. plan and cut-away axon, p197. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Available at

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p80-81. — Updated edition available at

Charles Moore, Gerald Allen, Donlyn Lyndon. The Place of Houses. University of California Press, 2000. ISBN 0520223578. Available at

Eugene Johnson. Charles Moore: Buildings & Projects 1949-1986. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1986. exterior photo, p100. interior photo, p101.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Moore House


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