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The San Francisco Bookstore Is a Favorite Source for Interior Design and Architecture Books


William Stout Architectural Books

Since 2003, the colorful spines of architecture books and the promise of hours of uninterrupted browsing have beckoned David Charette to William Stout Architectural Books in San Francisco. But the biggest draw? Bill Stout himself.

“Bill knows his books. And I love that he has created a bookstore that feels like academia and resembles an architect’s studio. When I visit, I’m transported back to my university days. The bookstore has all the textures and layers of a university library and Bill is that librarian you always sought out for the answers. The person who knew everything.”

William Stout Architectural Books interior

William Stout  Bookstore | Interior Views

William Stout Architectural Books interior
Looking for beautiful coffee table books or rare books on architecture? Bill has them. Books on photography, landscape, and interior design? He has those, too. With more than 70,000 titles—yes, that’s 70k—he is a dream resource for interior designers, architects, and design lovers.

And it’s not simply the books that have caught our team’s attention. “Jay and I were inspired by the bookstore’s built environment so we incorporated elements of it in our own office design,” says David. “Our library of vendor samples forms an entire wall of our studio and can be reached with a track ladder similar to the one found at Bill’s.”
William Stout Architectural Books interior

William Stout  Bookstore | Interior View

“Bill really has considered every element, from the nameplate and signage to the front door. There are nods to Frank Lloyd Wright and the entire space has the feel of a working architect’s studio. I feel inspired every time I visit.”   –David Charette


William Stout Architectural Books sign

William Stout Architectural Books sign

Looking for reading recommendations? David purchased several new additions for our library, including:

Adolf Loos | The Last Houses
Rafael Moneo Book
William Stout Architectural Books Location

Visiting SF? William Stout Architectural Books is located at:

804 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

You can also visit their website and follow them on Insta by clicking the links. And if you’ve recently visited, drop us a line to let us know your recommendations.

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