In the late 1950s/early 1960s, an innovative developer/tinkerer by the name of Sam Harkleroad made a name for himself in the San Francisco Bay Area by building unique homes from recycled materials. A trio of Harkleroad structures sit on a hill overlooking highway 101 in the North Bay city of Novato. The most well-known building is the "round house."
Novato History Museum http://www.ci.novato.ca.us/index.aspx?page=387
Revolving Architecture: A History of Buildings That Rotate, Swivel, and Pivot. Chad Randl, Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.
“'Round House Rotates 320 Degrees : Imagination Fuels His Many Oddball Creations,” Associated Press: June 29, 1986 http://articles.latimes.com/1986-06-29/local/me-482_1_narrow-house
The Harkleroad Round House, 2008 (Heather David)
The Harkleroad Round House sits on a pedestal and was designed to rotate at the turn of a switch. The rotation (up to 320 degrees) is powered by two washing machine motors. The main living space consists of a circular structure enclosed in alternating panels of wood and glass. Utilities run through the center of the building and a narrow deck surrounds its perimeter.
What’s not to like about a private residence that rotates? Voted one of the Bay Area’s most “underrated landmarks” by readers of the San Francisco Chronicle (March 2012), the Harkleroad Round House is one of the region’s most unusual and widely loved structures.