Today we feature an intriguing First Bay Region home designed by Paul Needham. It boasts an unusual combination of plaster with half timbering and shingles at the exterior and even more surprises inside. Needham is not particularly well known today, but he was a member of the influential Hillside Club in Berkeley along with Maybeck and Keeler and the others. He was nearly kicked out of the group at one point because he was erecting temporary houses in the hills to allow poor people to live in nicer environs. It was a fairly progressive idea at the time that was not appreciated by the other members.
Needham’s homes were never typical craftsman affairs and this one is no exception. The detailing inside is highly creative with a combination of box beams and board and batten on the ceilings. It is a great example from one of our lesser known Bay Region designers.