Norm Applebaum

Architect | 1939-2020
Norm (left) and photographer Julius Shulman (right) in November 1983

Norm received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Arizona State University in 1968, and was mentored by the late Calvin Straub. He studied under Paolo Soleri for five years and worked in Homer Delawie’s office prior to striking out on his own. Licensed since 1972, Applebaum is known for a number of artistically designed projects.

Norm (left) and photographer Julius Shulman (right) in November 1983

Architect Norm Applebaum enjoyed friendships with Cliff May, Cal Straub among others during his early professional years while working in Homer Delawie’s office prior to striking out on his own.

Among the architects he has sought inspiration from are Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Bernard Maybeck, Cliff May, Cal Straub and John Lautner. "Mr. Wright always said that architecture is the mother art," Applebam recently said. "I do believe it. I practice as an artist. All my homes are done artistically. I don't do any development or tract work or spec work. All my individual custom homes are art."

Partial List of Projects

Allis, Irene House Remodel (1993)
La Jolla

Applebaum House Remodel (1993)
4818 Sussex Drive

Appleby, Carl and Eileen House (1978-1982)
16055 El Guejito Grade Road, Escondido

Austin, Mary House Remodel (1995)
Palomar

Barringer, Mary House Remodel (1994)
La Jolla

Bateman House (1994)
Rancho Santa Fe

Bateman Guest House (1997)
Rancho Santa Fe

Blickenstaff, Kim House Remodel (2004)
El Cajon

Brandes House #1 ‘Prong House’ (1994)
Rancho Santa Fe

Brandes House #2 'The Estate’ (1997-2005)
15880 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe

Brimm House Remodel (1986)
La Jolla

Brown, Charles House (1986-88)
17279 Circa Oriente, Rancho Santa Fe

Brown, Gary House Remodel (1993)
Kensington

Darby, Peter House Remodel (1992)
Escondido

Davidson, Bruce House Remodel (2006)
Coronado

DeGenaro House (1977)
La Jolla

Dennison House Remodel (2000)
Point Loma

Druckman House (1987)
La Jolla

Earley House Remodel (1972)
Pacific Beach

Ellestad, Roger House (2012-2017)
De Luz, California

Ellis House (1994)
Annapolis, Maryland

Fong Residence House Remodel (1994)
Pacific Beach

Ford House Remodel (1979)
Point Loma

Four Points Hotel Remodel and Additions (1996-97)
San Diego

Gaelen House Remodel (1972)
La Jolla

George House Remodel (1974)
Rancho Bernardo
*16538 Orchard Bend Road?

Gillespie Riegel House (AKA ‘The Wedge’) (1994)
15578 Raptor Road, Poway
*Destroyed by fire in 2003

Gould House (1987)
Ephiram, Wisconsin

Grauer House Remodel (2001)
Del Mar

Griffin, John House Remodel (2007)
Del Mar

Haimsohn, Edward and Shirley House (1983)
924 Albion Street

Haluza House Remodel (2003)
Escondido

Hargarten, Jerome House (1985)
13622 Orchard Gate Road, Poway

Hultman House (2012)
Alpine

James, Ellen House Remodel (2005)
La Jolla

Kawasaki, Theilacker, Ueno & Associates, Landscape Architects (1979)
4th & Robinson
*Demolished

Kernan, John House Remodel (2003)
Point Loma

Krichman, Alan & Joyce House Remodel (1975-76)
2377 Royal Oak Drive, Escondido

Kyles House (2007)
Cardiff

Kurlander House Remodel (1981)
La Jolla

Laventhal, Carol and Dick House Remodel
*Original home by Hester-Cody

Leinow House Remodel (1975)
Pacific Beach

Matheron, Richard C. House #1 (AKA ‘Wings’) (1991-92)
Escondido
*Destroyed by fire in 2007

Matheron, Richard C. Guest House (1993)
Escondido
*Destroyed by fire in 2007

Matheron, Richard C. House #2 (AKA Villa Tyto Alba) (2009)
15234 Sky High Road, Escondido

McElliot House (1988)
Scripps Ranch

McIntyre House Remodel (1997)
La Jolla

Mueller House (1996)
Kensington

Neely House Remodel (1997)
Mission Hills

Nute House Remodel (1997)
Point Loma

Park West Realty (1975)
Mission Hills

Penn, Nolan House Remodel (2006)
La Jolla

Plank, Jim House Remodel (2006, 2011)
Del Cerro

Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Clubhouse Remodel & Additions (1996-97)
Rancho Santa Fe

Roth/Shapira House Remodel (1999)
Point Loma

Sackier, Jonathan House Remodel (1995)
Del Mar

Schmitt, Conrad & Sera House (1977)
3965 Bandini Street, Mission Hills

Seabold House Remodel (1973)
El Cajon

Seabold Triplex Remodel (1974)
Pacific Beach

Shaevitz House (1984)
Fairbanks Ranch

Shapiro House Remodel (1985)
La Jolla

Shapiro, Richard House (2003)
Rancho Santa Fe

Shapiro, Robert House (2002)
Cornelia, GA

Slonim, Philip & Ruth House (1981-83)
12955 Guacamayo Court

Starkman, Linda House (AKA ‘Fox Hollow’) (2015)
Paso Robles

Stringer, Jerri & Ralph Hughes House Remodel (2011)
San Diego

Styers, Jeff House Remodel (2009)
Escondido

Summers, Harry House (1988)
Rancho Santa Fe

Susynski House (1998)
June Lake, California

White House Remodel (1988)
La Jolla

Wolf House Remodel (1975)
Point Loma