an addition on the southeast end, with a master bedroom suite and another small bedroom
and bath. Unlike the shingled-exterior original
house, this wing has stucco-over-concrete walls.
The wide overhanging eaves, projecting brackets, and exposed beam ends on both wings are
classic Alpine chalet features, which Maybeck
included in much early residential work.
The Dutch double entrance doors of the
Current Hopps House owner Douglas Abrams bought the home in
original wing and the wood-latticed windows
and capped chimneys in both wings are also
typical Maybeck touches. Features like large
plate-glass windows, a wide deck and concrete
foundations were ahead of their time. The living
room retains its original high-peaked ceiling
with boxed beams made of Douglas fir, red-
wood walls with board-and-batten paneling,
and large brick-lined fireplace with fieldstone
corners and a redwood mantel. The master bedroom has a grand Gothic-
arched fireplace made of travertine marble and lined with herringbone
brick; redwood board-and-batten paneled walls; and a high peaked ceil-
ing with open cross-strut beaming.
2009. He’d lived nearby and admired the place for years before buying it
from its third owners’ estate.
“It was in terrible shape when I bought it,” he recalls. He spent t wo-and-a-half years on restoration, hiring architect Charles Theobold and
historic architecture consultant Nancy Goldenberg to bring back the
home’s rustic elegance; they also worked with him on an addition compatible with the original building, adding a large kitchen/dining room, two
bedrooms and two baths on the eastern end.
Abrams is raising three children here and is glad he purchased the
historic home. “While I was restoring this house, I learned all about
Maybeck’s design philosophy, which became the inspiration for the addition. That process and raising a family in this wonderful house have given
me great satisfaction.”
DOWN THE ROAD, Maybeck’s first house created for successful dentist J. B.
Tufts is in San Anselmo, on a woodsy lot atop a forested hillside parcel at 14
Entrata Road. Designed in 1905, the Tufts House No. 1 is a brown-shingled
2.5-story residence with all the classic features of Maybeck’s revolutionary
design philosophy known today as the “First Bay Tradition.”
Developed at the beginning of his career in the 1890s, this school
of design followed four basic principles: combining historic motifs and
details with modern materials and construction methods; employing
undisguised natural materials, from the local environment; integrat-
ing buildings with their natural settings, through use of local materials
Features like large
plate-glass windows, a
wide deck, and concrete
foundations were ahead
of their time.
This page: The
fireplace, the living
room and second-floor balcony
detail at the J.H.