For the 6th year in row, Butler Armsden Architects was proud to participate in the 2012 Leap Sandcastle Competition. This annual event is Leap’s largest fundraiser to provide arts and design programs to Bay Area public schools.Butler Armsden takes pride in its valuable role in the fundraising aspect of the competition, as well as its high level of participation for the event itself. Partnering with George Peabody Elementary School, a team of Ford Mazola Builders, Yu Strandberg Engineers, and Geoff DeSousa Interior Design helped to shatter the fundraising record, and eclipse the team fundraising record of over $40K. A new record for the event! We are so pleased to benefit arts programs in this regard, and being the top fundraiser in the competition is a great achievement that we share with our wonderful team and generous sponsors.

Please join us, along with hundreds of school children, their families and our friends from the design and building community, on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 as we take to Ocean Beach for the 29th Annual Leap Sandcastle Contest!

Leap...arts in education was established in response to severe budget cuts in arts programs in California schools. The organization serves over 8,000 youth (primarily elementary school age) in over 40 schools in the Bay Area providing educational programs focused on music, dance, story telling, visual arts and architecture. Leap's annual Sandcastle Contest has for nearly thirty years raised funds to support these efforts.

This year are delighted to team up again with Mr. Gelfand’s fifth grade class at George Peabody Elementary School, Yu-Strandberg Engineers, Geoffrey DeSousa Interior Design along with our new construction partner, Forde Mazzola Associates.

We hope you'll support our fundraising efforts and educational arts programs in the public schools by becoming a Team Sponsor for the Leap Sandcastle Contest.  Note: please be sure to designate Butler Armsden in the Team Name field and help us win Top Fundraiser again this year!  Last fall our team took the honor as top fundraiser bringing in $40,000 toward the event’s total of $200,000.

Every summer Butler Armsden Architects hosts middle school students from the SummerBridge program at University High School for Career Day.  This year we were delighted to have 10 students visit our office.

The students began the day with an introduction and tour of the office,  had one-on-one breakout sessions with staff architects, and took in a lecture and slideshow lead by Lewis Butler before enjoying a pizza lunch.  In the afternoon Lewis lead them on walking tour of Pacific Heights to take in and learn about various architectural styles.  They capped off the day with a visit to the job site of one of our projects currently under construction, a William Wurster house overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

For over 30 years, SummerBridge has provided tuition-free academic enrichment and advocacy to motivated but underserved middle school students, making the best educational opportunities available to students with limited resources.  Please visit the University High School's website to read more about this terrific program.

The guest bath in a Pacific Heights carriage house was chosen as the Bath of the Month for the June issue of House Beautiful.  Careful space planning and creative use of striped tiling allows the bath to feel larger than its petite 37 square footage suggests.
Designed in collaboration with Angela Free Interior Design.
View more of the carriage house here.

The April issue of Coastal Living features the Stinson Beach house that Lewis Butler designed as a retreat for three generations of one San Francisco family.  David Hanson writes, "the house proves there can be serious style in simplicity...the uncluttered design and decor allows [the family] to enjoy life's simple pleasures."
Read the story.
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