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Polk - Williams House (page 3 of 3)

Corner view of a delightful Shingle Style house by a prominent San Francisco architect. Photo by Howard J. Partridge.

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Polk - Williams House in San Francisco, California

Designed in 1892 by architect Willis Jefferson Polk, this double residence is an early West Coast adaptation of the Shingle Style.  It is also an excellent example of what local architectural historians call the First Bay Tradition, a kind of woodsy, informal architecture that they have come to associate with certain turn of the century San Francisco architects.  Willis Polk, Ernest Coxhead, Bernard Maybeck, and Julia Morgan are among some of the better known members of this group.  This photo shows the Williams side of Polk's design, with a tiny portion of his own house and studio visible at the far left.  Photograph taken in 1999 by Howard J. Partridge.
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