Julian Taylor and Robert Benson both attended Berkeley in the early 40s, but it would not be until ten years later that they would begin practicing architecture together. Their firm grew to be quite successful and today their recognizable 50s and 60s homes dot the Berkeley Hills. It is not clear why the partnership broke up in the late 60s, but Julian Taylor seems to have disappeared from the Bay Area architectural community at some point during that period while Robert Benson would continue to practice for many years to come.
The home we feature today was built in the middle of their partnership and it has the deep overhanging eaves and boxy forms that would become their trademarks. Many of their homes had flat roofs, but this particular example has low slope gables and outcropping porches that make it look almost like a tribute to some of Maybeck’s nearby homes. Inside, the detailing is typically restrained, but there is still enough exposed wood to appease the Bay Region enthusiasts among us.