William Schirmer began his architecture career in the office of one of the fathers of Bay Region design, Willis Polk. He had been brought up in a wealthy San Francisco family and his ability to impart a sense of luxury and privilege upon the structures that he designed would serve him well as period revival design came into vogue. Soon he had a successful practice of his own in the East Bay and he would go on to build many great homes throughout Oakland and Piedmont.
Last month we featured a wonderful Schirmer Tudor revival home in Piedmont, and today we have an equally impressive Spanish colonial to share in Oakland. These two styles were Schirmer’s mainstays and his facility with them is readily apparent. The lavish Spanish colonial that we draw your attention to today has a rambling plan that is simply overflowing with great details. There are hand adzed beams, arcades, and loads of wrought iron and custom hardware. It is a truly exceptional example of the form.