Our featured home today is a handsome mission revival designed by Henry C Smith. Smith was a San Francisco architect who was an early adopter of period revival design. He became known as the “hillside architect” as a result of the numerous impressive homes he built on the steep streets of San Francisco, but he is also known for a number of remarkable buildings in the East Bay. His firm, Smith and Stone designed the Old Berkeley High School building that was demolished in 1934 to make way for the new campus as well as a number of other important commercial structures in downtown Berkeley.
This particularly grand home has a charming mission façade complete with curved baroque gable and tiled roof. Inside, the home is heavily wooded with several species of lumber represented and more typically craftsman detailing. It is an impressive structure with plenty of little surprises around every corner including an elevator that looks like it is original to the house as well as a nearly untouched period kitchen.