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A display about the history of Architect Harold G. Stoner’s work and life in Marin County, created by Judy Coy of the San Anselmo Historical Commission, is now on view at the San Anselmo Town Hall, 110 Tunstead Avenue. Located in the hall outside the San Anselmo Historical Museum, it can be seen Monday through Saturday during business hours.
Woody LaBounty, Director of the Western Neighborhood Project writes in his blog “Inside the Outside Lands:” “Thanks to the new book by WNP member Jacqueline Proctor, Bay Area Beauty: The Artistry of Harold G. Stoner, Architect, I find that the English-born Stoner was the visionary behind many west SF landmark buildings … [and] recommends her book to those with an interest in the beautiful, fascinating, and unusual architecture that can surprise out here in the Outsidelands.” — OutsideLands.org
Architect writer John King featured the Stoner designed building in San Francisco’s Lakeside District on Ocean Avenue in his April 25, 2010 Cityscape column for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Colonial topped by a sci-fi twist … An Art Moderne tower with a hint of sci-fi, the flourish tops a two-story medical office otherwise cloaked in colonial garb … It rises from the rounded tip of a triangular block … the architectural equivalent of a map’s You Are Here — a simple but memorable landmark, retro and relevant all at once.”
John King added a follow-up on April 27th: “My Cityscape column on Sunday tipped a hat to Lakeside Medical Center, an Art Moderne tower from 1941 designed by Harold Stoner, one of the most prolific and influential architects working in the San Francisco neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks at that time. Turns out there’s an entire new book on Stoner, who could leap from storybook cottages to Spanish castles and give each a romantic air. Besides these upper-middle-class delights, he also designed the Tamalpais Theater in San Anselmo; a palatial mansion for Adolph Sutro that made way for Sutro Tower and — not verified, but too titillating to omit — the facade of Sally Rand’s Nude Ranch at the 1938 Golden Gate International Exposition. Bay Area Beauty: The Artistry of Harold G. Stoner, Architect is by Jacqueline Proctor and Joyce Hendrickson. It’s available at www.Jacquie Proctor.com.”