Our featured home today was designed by one of our favorite local architects, Paul Hamilton. Hamilton went to the ArtCenter College of Design in Southern California before moving to Orinda where he began designing and building homes on the inexpensive lots available there in the early 50s. At the time he was not a licensed architect, but he gained a fair amount of attention for his simple modernist homes that made novel use of their sites and were some of the first in Northern California to incorporate steel into their structures.
This particular example was one of the last that Hamilton designed before leaving the Bay Area, and it is fairly substantial in comparison to his more modest early designs. It also demonstrates a good deal of Asian influence incorporated into his characteristically thoughtful modernist spaces. It is a nice example his mature work, perhaps less experimental than some of his earliest homes but no less compelling.