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Case Study House# 26

NECESSARY UPDATES COMBINE WITH ORIGINAL FEATURES IN THIS ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT HOME.
A LOFT AREA CREATES A NATURAL CLERESTORY, PROVIDING ADDITIONAL LIGHT AND DEPTH TO THE LIVING ROOM BELOW. THE LIGHT FIXTURES AND FIREPLACE ARE ORIGINAL TO THE HOME.
Photography courtesy of CORD STRUCKMANN

PHOTO BY ROBERT JORDAN

TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL SITE CONFIGURATION ON THE STEEP HILLSIDE, CASE STUDY HOUSE #26 WAS DESIGNED WITH ALL LIVING AREAS ON THE LOWER FLOOR AND THE CARPORT ABOVE. THIS ALSO ALLOWED FOR A REDUCTION IN COLUMN HEIGHT.
PHOTO BY JAN STRUCKMANN

Set against a dramatic sloping hillside,

Case Study House #26 is a stunning example from the experimental architectural program that ran from 1945 to 1966. Completed in 1963 by architect Beverly (David) Thorne, the San Rafael home was acquired in 2015 by Cord Struckmann, an architect, and his partner, Alfonso Cordon. “When it came on the market, it was relatively well published … so if you lived in the Bay area or even nationally, it was difficult to miss,” remembers Cord. “We liked the house, it had a nice language and feel to it, and it was working for us to move out from San Francisco, so it was a good match,” he continues.

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