Today we feature a large Oakmore home designed by Ray Keefer. Keefer was born in Utah, but he grew up in Oakland and attended Fremont High School about 100 years ago when it was a brand new school that had just been built on the grounds of a former dairy farm in what was still a very rural part of the city. Though his name is not widely known today, Keefer was quite well-respected in the 30s and 40s and he built a number of impressive homes in the Spanish colonial style in Oakland and Piedmont as well as some interesting period revival and art moderne commercial structures.
This particular home is pretty representative of his larger residential commissions. The home is designed in a Spanish or Monterey colonial idiom and displays the typical dark wood and wrought iron coupled with multiple clay tile rooflines and stucco. The home has had some updating recently, but it is still easy to see Keefer’s facility with period revival design on a large scale in the original parts of the home.