My House Is Historic. Can I Remodel It?

Meeting with Martin Bernstein, Bay Area architect and Los Altos Hills Historical Society President

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Martin Bernstein, Bay Area architect and Los Altos Hills Historical Society President, will give a special presentation "Stories from the Design Notebooks. My House Is Historic. Can I Remodel It?" Mr. Bernstein works extensively in the Bay Area and has lived in Italy where he studied Italian and European traditions. Mr. Bernstein will share his design experience, using the United States Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings, and relating lessons from the past as a guide for design today.


Martin Bernstein is the Founder and Principal of Martin Bernstein Architect. Mr. Bernstein obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Martin has also lived in Italy, where he has studied the Italian and European traditions. He is well versed in styles ranging from historical to contemporary.

Martin has been active in Bay Area home design since 1984, and is familiar with the unique character of various neighborhoods, as well as local building regulations.

His recent and past projects and awards include a major renovation and addition to the Slonaker Residence in Palo Alto, CA, which earned the Historic Residential Renovation Award, Palo Alto Stanford Heritage, Professorville Historic District, Palo Alto, CA, USA, and a major alteration and contemporary addition to a significant residence in Woodside, CA, USA. He also serves on the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board, Palo Alto, CA, USA, President, Los Altos Hills Historical Society, Los Altos Hills, CA, USA, and served as President, Palo Alto Stanford Heritage, Palo Alto, CA, USA.

Martin's Architectural Travel Drawings have been exhibited in San Francisco, CA, USA and Santa Clara, CA, USA. He currently leads architectural walking tours in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA, USA and the Professorville National Historic District and Downtown Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA, USA. Martin provides architectural freehand drawing instruction and cover art drawing services for Mills College Cottage Tours, Palo Alto, CA, USA.








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