Today we feature a great woodsy ranch designed by Orinda architect Wayne Littlejohn. Littlejohn was a Bay Area native who went to school at Pratt and then returned to eventually open a practice in the East Bay. He is somewhat notorious for a less than sensitive 1955 renovation of a home that Jack London had built in 1901, but in his defense historic preservation was not widely valued in those days. Littlejohn homes do not come on the market too very often, but when they do, they are generally impressive examples – some more modern than this one, but all thoughtfully executed.
This particular home has a relatively reserved exterior, looking much like many large ranch homes from certain angles, but inside it is a flamboyant celebration of exposed wood and glass. The amount of original fabric is simply staggering and is clear evidence of the benefit of infrequent ownership changes to the retention of period detail.