40 Mariposa, Orinda

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Olof Dahlstrand spent most of his career in Carmel so the bulk of his work is found there, but there are seven of his homes that remain in the Bay Area. They represent a brief period at the start of his solo practice when he was forming the basis of his design vocabulary with inspiration from both Frank Lloyd Wright and the Langhorsts with whom he was employed for a number of years.

The home we feature today was originally built for Shell Oil researcher Bill Thurston and it is a beautifully preserved example full of soffits and glass as well as plenty of exposed wood and masonry. It is a tribute to Dahlstrand’s immense talent that this early work already displays the mature eye for massing and detail that often takes many years to fully develop.

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