830 Santa Barbara, Berkeley

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Today, we have a rather special home to share. This beautiful craftsman is one of the first known homes built by Carr Jones, who is revered for his custom storybook houses. Jones was just under 30 when he built this home, and it is definitely more craftsman than storybook, but already you can see his great attention to detail and love of wood and natural materials. These loves would serve him well throughout his career and as his personal style evolved. Jones was an engineer by training and he was intimately involved in the construction of the homes that he designed, usually living on the site and working on the construction crews.

This particular home does not have all of the unusual flourishes that one finds in Jones’ later structures, but it has some great features, including one large stone fireplace that is open on two sides, and another with a cozy inglenook. Many of the exterior walls are battered making the home appear very solidly attached to the earth and there is an interesting battered bay window as well. The home is full of beautiful original woodwork. In much of the house, all of the structure is visible from the inside which creates a wonderful rustic feeling and makes the hand of the builder and the built nature of the home much more readily apparent than is normally the case.

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One Response to 830 Santa Barbara, Berkeley

  1. Sorry, not Carr Jones’ first house. Mine is, next door, 822 Santa Barbara. Built 1912. Built for his mother.

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