Charles Sumner Kaiser (later Charles Kaiser Sumner) is perhaps best known for his beautiful period revival style residences in Palo Alto and at Stanford, but his career in the Bay Area began in Berkeley, and that is where we find this great early shingle style. The home was built the year after Kaiser arrived in the Bay Area, and it is clearly very much in keeping with the First Bay Region style that had been championed by Bernard Maybeck and others in the area.
The home is simply overflowing with wood. Nearly every surface in the public rooms is covered with exposed woodwork, and from the oversized brackets and beams to the exposed floor joists, it is used to great effect to create warm and intimate spaces. There are leaded glass and divided light windows and numerous fireplaces. Clearly, though this is not the style that Kaiser is best known for, he was a very talented designer capable of mastery in a variety of idioms.