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NOCA MODERN Architect Detail

Body of Work:
1 Raycliff Terrace

(b. 1895 – d. 1967) Gardner Dailey was born in St Paul Minnesota in 1895. Dailey moved to California when he was a teenager and studied economics at The University of California, Berkeley, entomology at Stanford, and structural engineering at Heald Engineering College in San Francisco. An Army pilot in the First World War, he was blinded in one eye during an anti-aircraft attack, for which he received a purple heart commendation. In 1926 he made a major tour of Europe, where he married Marjorie Dunne, the daughter of a prominent San Francisco attorney. Upon his return, he gained his Architecture certificate in California in 1927, establishing his practice soon after. Along with William Wurster, who was the same age and whose career followed the same stylistic arc, Dailey introduced modern architecture to Northern California, and is considered a co-founder of the “Bay Area Style.” His early residential work gained wide recognition for its elegant style and indoor/outdoor planning. On many of his homes he collaborated with the renowned landscape architect, Thomas Church, often referred to as the father of modern California landscape design. Dailey’s work ranged from small residences to high-profile public buildings. The L. D. Owens house, of 1939, in Sausalito, a taught double-height volume with extensive glazing on two sides inter-connecting the interior to the landscape is a notable example, and was published nationally. Dailey was the architect for the Brazil Building at the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, also widely published. Dailey’s work in San Francisco included several houses: 1 Raycliff Terrace (1951) is perhaps the most recognized, as well as the International-Style Red Cross (1950) building, now demolished. Gardner A. Dailey Associates continued until his death in 1967, producing designs for commercial and institutional projects, including the master plan for UC Davis, several buildings for UC Berkeley, Stanford and BART, hotels in Hawaii and a World War II memorial in the Philippines.


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