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William Stout Architectural Books

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William Stout Architectural Books
William Stout Architectural Books

Time Out Says

4 out of 5 stars

For 20 years, William Stout has been the bookstore design junkies go to for their fix. Stout, a former architect himself, started out selling European design books from his apartment. Through the years, his shop has doubled a salon of sorts for the creative community; Stout seems to know every architect in town. The bi-level store offers over 20,000 titles spanning architecture, urban planning, art, and design (industrial, landscape, interior, furniture, graphic, and beyond), dramatically backed by lipstick-red accent walls. Artists and design professionals pour over the art, typography, and graphic design tomes downstairs; design lovers and lay people sigh in envy as they flip through shelter porn on the upper level. The tomes here are pricey—many run $50 and up—but are akin to objets d’ art themselves.


804 Montgomery St
San Francisco
Cross street:
at Jackson St
Bus 8AX, 8BX, 8X, 10, 12, 30X, 41, 82X
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 10am-6:30pm; Sat 10am-5:30pm
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