First Bay Area Tradition (1880-1915)
The First Bay Tradition, centered in San Francisco and Berkeley, began in the 1880s as a reaction to the Victorian and Beaux-Arts architectural styles which were predominant at the end of the 19th century. The First Bay Tradition had much in common with the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, the Shingle Style in the eastern United Sates, and the Craftsman style perfected by Greene & Greene in Pasadena.
Buildings designed in the First Bay Area Tradition style are unique to San Francisco, Berkeley, and other parts of the Bay Area. They are simple dwellings clad in unpainted redwood shingles, small in scale, with informal or open planning, a creative relationship to the site and the outdoors, a woodsy feeling, often a hip or gable roof, often natural redwood interiors, and with sparse ornamentation carefully selected from a wide eclectic range and wittily applied.
First Bay Tradition buildings are characterized by:
Leading architects of the First Bay Area Tradition were Joseph Worcester, A. C. Schweinfurth, Bernard Maybeck, Willis Polk, A. Page Brown, Ernest Coxhead, John Galen Howard, Julia Morgan, and Louis Christian Mullgardt.
|Name||Year||Address||City||Sort Address||Sort Name|
|Drawing Building||1914||Hearst Avenue Between Euclid and Le Roy Avenues||UC Berkeley||Hearst||Drawing Building|
|First Congregational Church||1908||165 East Mill Avenue||Porterville||Mill E 0165||First Congregational Church|
|House of the Flag||1860||1652-1656 Taylor Street||San Francisco||Taylor 1652||House of the Flag|
|North Gate Hall||1906||North Gate||UC Berkeley||North Gate||North Gate Hall|
|Residence||1905||3236 Pacific Avenue||San Francisco||Pacific 3236||Residence|
|Saint John's Presbyterian Church||1905||25 Lake Street||San Francisco||Lake 0025||Saint John's Presbyterian Church|
|Swedenborgian Church||1895||3200 Washington Street||San Francisco||Washington 3200||Swedenborgian Church|
|Aetna Springs Resort||1930||1600 Aetna Springs Road||Pope Valley||Aetna||Aetna Springs Resort|
|Waybur House||1901||3232 Pacific||San Francisco||Pacific 3232||Waybur House|
|McNear House||1906||121 Knight Drive||San Rafael||Knight Drive 0121||McNear House|