Eames Institute acquires San Francisco’s storied William Stout Architectural Books

A relatively new-on-the-scene Bay Area nonprofit has announced its acquisition of an enduring San Francisco institution that has served as a mecca for architecture- and-design-minded bibliophiles for just shy of 50 years: William Stout Architectural Books.

The news comes following a year of talks between the Petaluma-based Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity, which formally launched just this April, and the beloved bookstore’s namesake sole proprietor. Coming out of the turbulence of the COVID crisis in 2021, Stout, like many longtime small business owners battered by the pandemic, began to contemplate his retirement. This is when the fledgling Eames Institute, helmed by Charles and Ray’s

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