Cliff May was born in San Diego, California in 1908 and began his career as a builder before transitioning to architecture. He is often credited with popularizing the Ranch Style house, which is characterized by its simple, single-story design, open floor plan, and indoor-outdoor living spaces.
Cliff May designed and built over 1,000 homes in Southern California, many of which are considered examples of the Ranch Style.
He was also known for designing commercial buildings, such as the Beverly Hills Women's Club and the Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive Committee Building. May's designs were heavily influenced by the Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterranean Revival architectural styles, which he incorporated into his Ranch Style homes. May received several awards and accolades throughout his career, including being inducted into the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows in 1973. He died in 1989, but his designs continue to be admired and many of his homes are considered architectural gems. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in Cliff May's work, with several books and exhibitions dedicated to his life and legacy.
Cliff May homes can be found throughout Southern California, particularly in areas such as Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County. Many of these homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s, during the height of his career. Some neighborhoods that are known to have large concentrations of Cliff May homes include Rancho Estates in Long Beach, Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego, and the Tract in Orange County. Some of his commercial buildings also still exist and can be visited.
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