Just in time for the weekend – a massive Piedmont Tudor estate designed by Albert Farr in 1925. Farr was responsible for some of the grandest homes in the East Bay and this particular example is no exception. At nearly 10,000 SF the house is enormous even by today’s standards. It was built in the midst of the roaring 20s for Gerald and Marian Trayner who were heirs to a fortune amassed by the California company that created the black olive as we know it today and made it a familiar part of the American diet.
The home is impressive not only for its size, but also for its great state of preservation. All too frequently homes at this end of the price spectrum suffer from excessive renovation and the resulting loss of original fabric, but this home retains many of its great original details including large quantities of custom woodwork and plaster. It is an awesome witness to the days before the great depression when money flowed freely and period revival architecture was coming into its own.