Keeping Streets Safe and Beautiful

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San Francisco’s busy Powell Street is safer thanks to this beautifully designed stainless steel planter.  Powell Street is crowded with tourists but to keep them from easily crossing the street and perhaps getting… Continue reading

Cliff May in San Diego Published

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Mary van Balgooy’s article on Cliff May’s early career in San Diego has just come out.  The article can be found in the latest edition (Fall 2011) of The Journal of San Diego.… Continue reading

Cliff May’s First Ranch Style Building and House

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In his oral history, Cliff May claimed that the first structure he built in the ranch style was his own house for his family on Adams Avenue in San Diego.(1)  However, May’s first… Continue reading

Cliff May and the John A. Smith House

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In August 1933, Cliff May completed his third house.  As he did previously, May held open houses to sell the new home.  During one of the open houses, C. Arnholt Smith, a San… Continue reading

Cliff May’s First Houses – 3130 Shadowlawn Street

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The house at 3130 Shadowlawn Street in San Diego is extremely important. It is Cliff May’s first commission as a builder. A native of San Diego, May designed, constructed, and landscaped his first… Continue reading