Tremaine Houses


This collection features images used in the book Tremaine Houses: One family's patronage of domestic architecture in midcentury America by Professor Volker Welter. The book explores the commissions of two brothers, Burton G. Tremaine and Warren D. Tremaine, and their wives Emily Hall Tremaine and Katherine Williams Tremaine.

Professor Welter utilized the Architecture & Design Collection (ADC) extensively and many of the photographs and architectural renderings from the book are from the ADC.

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Lutah Maria Riggs, architect
Arvin Shaw, architect
Cliff May, architect


Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.


circa 1936-1956


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Collection Items

Lutah Maria Riggs: Von Romberg house (Montecito, Calif.) plans
The drawings of the Von Romberg house were commissioned for Baron Maximilian Edmund Hugo Wilhelm Von Romberg and his wife Emily Hall Von Romberg. The floor plans show how the design for the house changed over time.

Lutah Maria Riggs: Von Romberg house (Montecito, Calif.) elevations
The renderings of the exterior, details, and sections of the Von Romberg house also show how the exterior changed as Riggs and Emily Von Romberg worked together to create a house that would suit all involved.

Lutah Maria Riggs: Von Romberg house (Montecito, Calif.) exterior photographs
The three exterior photographs were taken by George Hurrell.

Lutah Maria Riggs: Von Romberg house (Montecito, Calif.) interior photographs
Lutah Maria Riggs worked with interior designer Paul T. Frankl to furnish the Von Romberg house. Photographs were taken by both George Hurrell and Stuart O'Brien.

Riggs and Shaw: Tremaine ranch house (Meteor Crater, Ariz.)
Burton and Emily Tremaine commissioned Riggs and Shaw to design a ranch house on the Tremaine family ranch near Winslow, Arizona. The circular shape was reminiscent of the nearby Meteor Crater Natural landmark.

Riggs and Shaw: Tremaine beach house (Sandyland Cove, Carpenteria, Calif.)
These are two designs for an un-built beach house in the Sandyland Cove beach community of Carpenteria, Calif. for Burton and Emily Tremaine. The designs by Riggs and Shaw are for two very different stylistic conceptions.

Riggs and Shaw: Serena Beach Club (Montecito, Calif.)
The Serena Beach Club was to be built on property adjacent to the Burton and Emily Tremaine house that was designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Neither project was realized.

Cliff May: Tremaine ranch house (Donadea, Ireland)
This ranch house was designed by California architect Cliff May, with a local architect from Ireland, Donal O'Neill Flanagan. The architects collaborated to design a house for Warren and Katherine Tremaine and their manager of the Loughtown stud farm…

Paul Soderburg: Tremaine house (Montecito, Calif.)
Katherine Tremaine commissioned Paul Soderburg to design a house for her after her divorce from Warren Tremaine. The house was built in the hills of Montecito in 1972, and extensively remodeled by Soderburg for Tremaine in 1977.
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