Today we feature a sprawling Berkeley shingle style craftsman designed by Olin Grove. The rooms in this home are large and comfortable and filled with great details including picture rails, leaded glass, built-ins, applied beams, and wainscoting all in their original unpainted finish. Even the paneling in the sleeping porch remains unpainted which is a wonderful touch, and the original kitchen is largely intact as well.
Olin Grove was a bit of a renaissance man. Not only did he design a number of interesting residential and commercial buildings around the Bay Area in both the craftsman and revival styles, but he also was the proprietor of very well-respected store in downtown Oakland that specialized in phonographs and radios – very cutting edge stuff at the time. It was perhaps due to the fact that his attentions were divided between these two rather disparate exploits, that his name is not so well known as some of his contemporaries that designed no more successfully in much the same styles. The most familiar of his structures today is probably the current home of Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream at 1349 Park Street in Alameda, an interesting Spanish colonial revival storefront that is well worth a visit for the ice cream even if you have no interest in architecture.