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Articles and Publications
In 1934, Architectural Digest published a home designed by Cliff
May. This was only the second house Cliff May had designed and built.
He had little architectural training and little building experience, but
he succeeded in bringing his vision to life and to national acclaim. Throughout
the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, May's designs were again featured in numerous
publications, including: Architectural Digest, American Home, California
Arts & Architecture, Sunset Magazine, Architectural Forum, House Beautiful,
and House and Garden.
Today, May's designs continue to be published and recognized
for their unique Californian qualities of a casual indoor/outdoor relationship,
and the horizontal low-slung profile that harmonizes with nature, rather
than overpowering it. In the past few years, Cliff May homes have been
featured in several books, newspaper articles and periodicals. Here in
the Long Beach Ranchos we are honored to have many fine examples of Cliff May designs
recently published in books such as Ranch House Style, The
Ranch House, as well as the publication Atomic Ranch.
The goal of the Rancho Style Cliff May
Library is to catalog the books, publications and articles where Cliff
May designs appear. The list below is by no means exhaustive. We invite you to submit
your discoveries as well. For anyone looking to discover the history,
design, and architecture of Cliff May, this is an invaluable resource
May and the Modern Ranch House
Dan Gregory (2008)
New York: Rizzoli
Western Ranch Houses by Cliff
Editorial Staff of Sunset Magazine and Books (1958)
Reprinted with permission, 1997, Hennessey+Ingalls
Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes - Gibbs Smith, Publisher (2006) Colorful photos of ranch homes from San Francisco to Florida. Many Long Beach Cliff May homes are featured.
Sunset Western Ranch Houses
Editorial Staff of Sunset Magazine in Collaboration with Cliff
Reprinted with permission, 1999, Hennessey+Ingalls
Ranch House Style
Katherine Ann Samon (2003)
New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers
The Ranch House
Alan Hess (2004)
New York: Harry N. Abrams Incorporated
Rancho Estates Sales Brochure
Cliff May, Chris Choate, Ross Cortese (1954)
This is the original sales brochure for the Long Beach Ranchos tract.
Cliff May and the California
Research paper by Laura Gallegos (2005)
Graduate Student, California State University, Sacramento
1934, 1964, May 1991, May 2005
October 1952, "Low-Cost House"
1936, 1944, 1946
Winter 2004, "Cool Californian"
Spring 2005, "At Home in the Ranchos"
Summer 2005, "It's a Dog's Life: Lucky Lucy"
Summer 2005, "Concrete Notions: A pool and new kitchen for a midcentury
CA Modern Magazine
published by the Eichler Network
"Cliff May's Rancho Estates of Long Beach -- neighborhood on the rise"
Fall 2007, "Ranch house king Cliff May and the rise of 'hacienda modern'"
Winter 2011-2012, "Cliff May: Ranch House Rising"
Southern California Quarterly
Summer 2004, "Designer of the Dream: Cliff May and the California Ranch
Blogs and Websites
Harvey Park Modern
Harvey Park is home to 170 Cliff May/Chris Choate low-cost ranch homes in Denver, Colorado. hpmodern.com
This blog features a detailed restoration of a Long Beach Cliff May home. ranchorehab.blogspot.com
Cliff May Registry
Register your Cliff May home on this site and check out floorplans from a 1955 tract in Denver, Colorado.
Colorado Cliff May
Improvements to a Denver Cliff May home. coloradocliff.blogspot.com
Kansas City Cliff May Homes
Five Cliff May/Chris Choate homes in the Kansas City suburbs, including a scan from the their 1955 Parade of Homes.
Kansas City Restovation
Restoring and renovating a Cliff May home in Kansas City. cliffmayremodel.blogspot.com