This modest mid-century glass box is one of four homes that were built on a single lot by local East Bay design-builder Donald Ross. Ross was a well known photographer who built these homes as a source of rental income to support his art. The cluster was originally organized a bit like a modernist bungalow court, but the lot was subdivided sometime in the last decade and now the homes can be sold individually.
The structure is notable for its simplicity and purity of design. It is an early example of Ross’s work yet its lack of unnecessary ornament and clarity of vision demonstrates a great deal of maturity packed into a compact space.
editor’s note: There was initially a bit of confusion between Donald Ross the Oakland firefighter turned architect and his contemporary Donald Ross the photographer. These homes were built by the latter.