Robert Klemmedson had a long and successful career building custom residences from his small office in Orinda. Klemmedson & Klemmedson Architects, the firm that he built through most of the second half of the twentieth century is still operated today by his son Ron. But Klemmedson is perhaps best known as one of the architects represented in William Wurster’s Greenwood Common. His home was the last built on the Common in 1957 and his selection to participate in the project places him in the company of the best mid-century Bay Region designers.
The house we feature today was built in 1952, several years before his commission at the Common. We can see from this example that his modernism was less showy than some of the better-known architects represented there, but even so, his spaces are very nicely scaled with lots of wood and brick and ample glass in every room. The clerestory at the center of the roof and glazed gables fill the house with light. It’s easy to see why Wurster considered him among the best in the Bay Area.