Live in a University City home designed by William Krisel?

Original William Krisel designed Model Home on Award Row

Article* courtesy of John Mares, who grew up in University City and whose parents still live in UC; excerpts:

Original William Krisel designed Model Home on Award Row
Original William Krisel designed Model Home on Award Row

[In the late 1950s and early 1960s] University City was master planned, along with UCSD and the Salk Institute, to service the developing scientific and intellectual nexus in the north of San Diego.

The original University City development included houses on Stresemann, Lamas, Gobat, Lord Cecil, Award Row, Sandburg and Dalen Avenue.

Architect William Krisel’s pioneering work in development of architectural features such as the “butterfly roof”, concrete “shadow block” and the residential clerestory were all prototyped in University City.

These design features would become signatures of his work and inspire his peers as well as residents of his signature homes.

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