Friday, June 9, 2017

Cliff May: Iconic Western Ranch House Pioneer

Cliff May, a native San Diegan, has often been dubbed the "father" of the iconic Ranch Home. 

While never trained formally as an architect, he was prolific in designing and building homes throughout Southern California from the early 1930s through the late 1960s. 

Although the majority of published work about him focuses mainly on the homes that he designed in the '50s and '60s, it was his earlier work  -- a more rustic look of a "hacienda-style" home with which he blessed Coronado, California. 

Currently, there are seven homes in Coronado having been identified as "designed by Cliff May." There are most likely a few more waiting to be registered, as his style is seen in other homes in the area. 

Indeed, the San Diego Historical Society's Cliff May ledger includes numerous addresses throughout Coronado and San Diego. 

While his architectural style evolved from the "California Adobe Rancho" to the Modern and clean-lined look of the iconic '60s "Rancher," he stayed true to his roots -- indoor-outdoor living, central courtyards, and simple hand-crafted details.

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