The Charles Moore Foundation is dedicated to the appreciation of the whole physical domain—architecture, landscape, the environment, cities, streets, homes, and neighborhoods.
The foundation's programs, publications, and projects are guided by the values central to the late Charles Moore's thinking, and the conviction that "good places matter."
The foundation's home is the Moore/Andersson Compound in Austin, Texas. The last home and studio occupied by Moore, it is an architectural work of international significance. The foundation is dedicated to preserving the structures, landscape, and Charles Moore's outstanding collection of folk art.
The foundation also assists in the care and preservation of Moore's architectural library and archives in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin's Alexander Architectural Archive.
The Texas 25 Year Award
Tucked away on a quiet residential street in Austin sits Texas’ newest landmark. The Moore/Andersson Compound has been granted the Texas Society of Architects 25 Year Award for 2017. This is a distinction bestowed upon a building that a quarter of a century after its design and construction is regarded as fundamentally important. The Moore/Andersson Compound, a confederation of homes and studios, was designed by Charles Moore and Arthur Andersson, starting in 1984. This is where Charles Moore spent the last ten years of his life, surrounded by his architectural library, folk art and toy collection, friends, collaborators, colleagues, and students.
In the compound’s studios, Moore and Arthur Andersson established their practice, Moore/Andersson Architects, a firm that continues today as Andersson-Wise Architects. Architects Cesar Pelli (New Haven, Connecticut), Robert A.M. Stern (New York, New York) and Steven Holl (New York, New York) wrote letters in support of the nomination, which was advanced by AIA Austin, led by its Director, Ingrid Spencer and President Luis Jauregui.
This award places the Moore/Andersson Compound in the same honored league as the Kimbell Museum (Louis I. Kahn) in Fort Worth; the Menil Collection (Renzo Piano Building Workshop) in Houston; and Trinity University’s Margarite B. Parker Chapel (O’Neil Ford) in San Antonio.
A New Era For the Charles Moore Foundation. PLACENOTES is now fully digital.
PLACENOTES is the Charles Moore Foundation's design and travel guide that seeks to lead people to and teach them about places that truly matter. As everywhere looks more and more like nowhere, we go to places that make us feel to be somewhere.
PLACENOTES The Sea Ranch is the first of many new digital editions to come.
The Charles Moore Foundation is already working with Cities, Universities & Colleges, Cultural Institutions, House Museums, Historic Sites, Healthcare Organizations, Parks Organizations, and Corporations to create Digital Editions from the scale of a region—such as Napa Valley—to the scale of a single historic site, such as the San Antonio Riverwalk.
Are you creating, shaping, building, restoring, preserving, defending, or caring for special places? We want to help you teach people about and guide them to your efforts.
Charles Moore's Los Angeles Condominium has been restored.
The Condominium that Charles Moore designed and inhabited when he taught at UCLA will be preserved. We are so grateful to James Trulove & Mallory Duncan, champions of architecture, for embarking on this important project. Thank you, Katharine Welsh, for so lovingly caring for the Condo during her decades-long ownership. Margie Shackelford and her late husband Alex Caragonne also deserve our gratitude for contributing important pieces of Folk Art from their collection. And thank you to Willard Hanzlik, Diana Keller & Frank Aldridge, Alice Wingwall & Donlyn Lyndon for contributing fine pieces of art furniture.
This spring the L.A. Condo will be hosting its first resident scholar.
Moore/Andersson Compound Roof
We are pleased to report that the Charles Moore Foundation has a new roof. Mike Bustos and his team of 5 men took three weeks to complete the work. Section by section, they removed the old metal panels. They replaced degraded batt insulation between the rafters, and repaired water-damaged purlins. Then they added plywood decking (the original roof had none!) so the whole structure has been considerably stiffened. Next they added insulation board, which should dramatically increase the roof's thermal efficiency, as well as self-healing water and ice shield. On the only flat portion of the roof, we installed a single, continuous commercial membrane, flashed up under the adjoining slopes. We replaced all of the fiberglass-plastic panels for the skylights—everywhere brightening up spaces. Finally, we installed new metal roof panels, screws and gaskets.
This milestone project has been years in the planning. The original roof leaked in many places, and now we can turn our attention to repairing and re-floating all of the interior drywall planes that had been damaged by water intrusion. The new construction layers will be far, far more watertight to prevent future damage.
This project was made possible by: Sinclair Black Challenge Grant; Centerbrook Architects & Planners; Moore Ruble Yudell; Stephen Harby, Alex & Robbie Robinette; Suzanne Deal Booth, Larry Speck, Ron Filson, Connie & Sam Pate; Willard Hanzlik, Alice Wingwall & Donlyn Lyndon; Emily Little, Maria & Darren Woody; Richard & Nancy Jennings; Patricia & Peter Keim; Diana Keller Aldridge & Frank Aldridge; Mark McInturff, Eden Box, Laura & Bobby Cadwallader; James Trulove & Mallory Duncan.
25 Year Award
Los Angeles Condominium