Liebermann, who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright, had a cult following for his organic structures, several of which are in Mill Valley. Still practicing today, he was a very early preacher of green building.
In his own home, he implemented his vision of the ideal architecture, which has turned out to be remarkably prescient. “I was thinking about how to disrupt the site as little as possible,” says Liebermann, who is just shy of 80 today. Instead of maximizing what he could build on the steep, heavily wooded hillside, he created a shallow excavation—what he describes as a “bite out of an apple.”
This is a little shack my best friend Jeb and I built in his backyard in Philadelphia. We call it the ‘hobo chalet’ and it was built in just under a week, sans permits or much sleep. Although it’s small, it has a sleeping loft, desk, three windows, deck, and even electricity.
The Hobo Chalet is named for Victoria’s time spent hopping trains crosscountry for the better part of a decade. She made a zine about her adventures here.