Master Architects of

Southern California 1920-1941


Marc Appleton  |  Bret Parsons  |  Steve Vaught


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Author Bios

Marc Appleton is the founding principal of Appleton Partners llP—Architects, with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of Harvard College who also received a master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture, Marc has consistently been named to the list of Architectural Digest’s top one hundred designers since its inception in 1991. Among the many books he has written, published, or contributed to are Rexford Newcomb’s Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States (1999), George Washington Smith: An Architect’s Scrapbook (2001), Casa del Herrero (2009), Robert Winter’s Myron Hunt at Occidental College (2012), and Ranches: Home on the Range in California (2016). He makes his home in Santa Barbara.


Bret Parsons has written four books, including Colcord Home (2008), the biography of the beloved Southern California architect Gerard Colcord. A realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills, Bret is managing director of the Architectural Division. His production ranks in the top one percent of agents across the United States. He spent a decade as a mortgage broker and was vice president of business development at Pacific Design Center. Bret delivers presentations about notable homes and their cultural impact, frequently to standing-room-only crowds; his comments often appear on social media and in newspapers and magazines across the united States. Bret resides in Los Angeles.


Steve Vaught is an author and historian who specializes in Southern California architectural and social history. He has written three books focusing on Palm Springs’s rich history: The committee of Twenty-Five, The First 65 Years, 1948–2013 (2014); Sentinels in Stone, Palm Springs Historic Tennis Club Neighborhood and its Iconic Walls (2015); and Einstein Dreamt Here, The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn (with Tracy Conrad) (2015). Steve is completing a book on the historic architecture of Hollywood. He has written articles on historic Hollywood and Los Angeles homes for such publications as Architectural Digest and Los Angeles magazines. Steve lives in Palm Springs.

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