Today we feature an exceptional Bernard Maybeck Swiss chalet that sits prominently on a hillside site on Arch Street. The home was built for Albert Schneider who was a Classics professor at Berkeley and it is perhaps the largest of Maybeck’s chalet style residences. Maybeck’s love of redwood and immensely creative use of traditional design motifs is readily apparent here. A number of modifications have been made to the home over the years, but overall, Maybeck’s original intent is still evident and intact.
The home is surrounded by gardens originally designed by John McLaren who was the highly esteemed superintendent of Golden Gate Park for over fifty years and is responsible for many of the most familiar features of the park including its windmills. They are a welcome companion and impressive compliment to this imposing home.