This picturesque Piedmont Avenue Tudor revival is rumored to have been built by Charles Louis McFarland who was Walter Ratcliff’s long time business partner. The two were jointly responsible for a great number of speculative houses in Berkeley and Oakland starting in 1901 when Ratcliff was still in college and continuing for many years. In 1907 when this home was built, Ratcliff had just come back from a year abroad in Europe. His return marked a major transition in his work. He began to incorporate many of the traditional architectural elements from the homes that he had encountered in England and France and thereby became one of the earliest adopters of the period revival styles that would become so popular in the 20s and 30s.
Whether or not this particular home was designed by Ratcliff is a bit unclear due to the timing of his absence during the year that it was built, but no matter who is ultimately responsible, it is clearly the work of a very able hand.