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Bay Area Architectural Styles: Eastlake

National Register #79000534: Sarah Mish House
Sarah Mish House in San Francisco
Built 1885
Photographed 28 May 2008
National Register #98001634: Winters House in Sacramento Queen Anne-Eastlake
Herman Winters House in Sacramento
Built 1890
Photographed 12 August 2006
National Register #82004131: Charles Baldwin House in Salt Lake City, Utah Victorian Ecletic With Eastlake Porch
Charles Baldwin House in Salt lake City
Built 1890
Photographed 16 June 2011

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The Eastlake architectural style was derived from a style of furniture design and interior design popularized by English architect Charles L. Eastlake in his influential 1868 book, Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, and Other Details.

Some architectural historians maintain that Eastlake is not actually an architectural style. Rather, it is a distinctive family of surface ornamentation applied to houses built in other Victorian styles such Queen Anne and Stick. Other historians characterize some buildings, or parts of buildings, as pure Eastlake. Porches and verandas were especially suited to the style.

Eastlake is angular, notched, carved. Eastlake rejects the curved shapes of French Baroque Revival Styles. Eastlake decorative elements are made of wood turned on a powered lathe or cut by a powered jigsaw. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the wood was typically redwood.

Distinctive Eastlake elements are:

  • Oversized porch posts, railings, balustrades, bargeboards, braces and pendants shaped by a lathe.
  • Wooden forms cut by a jigsaw. Curved brackets, scrolls, and other stylized elements were placed at every corner, turn or projection of the façade.
  • Perforated gables and pediments.
  • Carved panels.
  • Beaded spindles and lattice work along porch eaves.
  • Strapwork (interlaced strips of wood).
  • Mansardic porches with wrought-iron cresting.

Lighter elements - spindles, lattice, strapwork - were combined with heavier and oversized architectural members to emphasize the three-dimensional quality of a building. Eastlake components were often ordered from a catalog and assembled at the site.

Some Eastlake houses were painted with traditional earth tones, but others were painted in multiple colors which emphasized the structural and decorative elements. Lighter detail or trim against a darker house body became the norm.


Eastlake Buildings Sequenced By Year and Name
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Name Year City
Firehouse No. 11861Nevada City
Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse1873San Francisco Bay
Vollmer House1876San Francisco
Stanford Red Barn1878Stanford University
Nightingale House1882San Francisco
Beach House1884Ashland, OR
Live Oak Ranch1885Santa Cruz
Sarah Mish House1885San Francisco
Manasse Mansion1886Napa
Clark House1888Eureka
Ohlandt Newlyweds House 1888San Francisco
Baldwin House1890Salt Lake City
Thomas H. Leggett House1890Merced
Winters House1890Sacramento
Hughes House1898Cape Blanco State Park
Pickel Rental House 1900Medford, OR
Petaluma Opera House1901Petaluma

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