Bernard Maybeck’s Boke house was a highly influential structure when it was built in Berkeley in 1901. Numerous homes that followed it would borrow details or indeed nearly entire facades in an effort to capture a bit of its trademark Maybeck gravitas. There were even two copies built from Maybeck’s original plans: one in Aberdeen, Washington and the second being our featured home today in Oakland.
The Oakland home was built over ten years after the original version which is a great testament to the staying power of Maybeck’s design. It incorporates a few revisions but for the most part is a fairly accurate facsimile complete with heavily wooded interiors and plenty of Maybeck’s impressive joinery.