Henry Gutterson’s homes tend to be rather stoic compositions with nicely balanced clusters of windows adorning the exterior, and this lovely North Berkeley example is no exception. Gutterson is probably best known for his collection of homes around Rose Walk and the development he supervised at St. Francis Wood in San Francisco, but he also worked with both Maybeck and John Galen Howard from time to time, and his carefully executed structures are scattered throughout Berkeley.
This particular home was built for John G Howell who owned a book store in San Francisco and was a prominent member of the Hillside Club in Berkeley. Like much of Gutterson’s work, it has a certain understated sophistication that is not present in some of the more rustic Bay Region homes designed by his contemporaries. His very ordered use of embellishment has a surprising ability to tame the rather feral raw materials that were in vogue at the time.