Charles Willard Moore (1925-1993) was an extraordinary person—an architect, educator, and writer who carried entire generations in new directions. The Charles Moore Foundation cares for several of his architectural masterpieces as "living places", where it organizes educational programs, activities, and preservation projects.
Charles Moore's Architecture
The Charles Moore Foundation preserves the Moore/Andersson Compound in Austin and the Burns House in Santa Monica Canyon. (In 2022, the Charles Moore Foundation's helped ensure the preservation of Charles Moore's iconic Unit #9 of The Sea Ranch Condominium in Sonoma County.) These are no mere house museums. They are living places where preservation and enthusiasm for architecture, music, design, and art is made a daily reality for guest residents and visitors alike.
The Charles Moore Foundation is truly a "do it yourself" place, where we accomplish much of the preservation work with our own tools, hands—and backs! Many individuals and companies support our efforts. We abide by Charles Moore's observation that great buildings benefit from energy and care and attention. The more you put in, the more they give back. "Bread cast on the water," he famously quipped, "float back club sandwiches."
Archives, Collections, & Libraries
Charles Moore, like Hadrian, was an inveterate traveler and collector. Starting from a young age, he amassed a stupefying array of folk art and souvenir toys, a collection emblematic of his ultra wide field of vision. The Charles Moore Foundation cares for this sensational collection as well as important libraries. The Foundation also assists with the development of Charles Moore's archival resources, located at various universities.