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William Wurster

WILLIAM WURSTER, FAIA (1895-1973)


Wurster was born in Stockton CA. During his years at Stockton Public High School, Wurster worked in the office of Edgar B. Brown, an Englishman known for designing the Stockton Hotel and the Children's Home.

After graduating in 1912, Wurster enrolled at Berkeley in 1913, receiving a classical Beaux Arts education. When a physical ailment kept Wurster from voluntary military service in WWI, he studied marine engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and joined the merchant marine in 1918. In 1919, once he had completed a year's tour of duty in the South Pacific, he returned to the University to graduate with honors in architecture.

Following graduation, Wurster briefly apprenticed in the office of John W. Reid, Jr., a San Francisco architect, before Wurster became the architectural designer for Charles Dean in 1920. For the next two years, he worked designing the city of Sacramento's water filtration plant. He also worked independently, designing several small residences. In 1922, Wurster embarked on a tour of Europe through 1923 then joined Delano and Aldrich in NYC. In 1924 William Adams Delano lent Wurster money to open his own office and he returned to the Bay Area to open it in the Hotel Whitecotton in Berkeley.

In 1940, Wurster married Catherine Bauer, an influential figure in the field of public housing. He met Bauer attending the Harvard Graduate School of Design, both taking classes from the German Socialist city planner Martin Wagner. Wurster's graduate studies at Harvard were interrupted when he was appointed dean of the architectural and planning school at MIT in 1945, a position he held for five years. In 1945, Wurster co-founded Wurster Bernardi & Emmons with Theodore Bernardi and Donn Emmons. Both Bauer and Wurster withstood accusations of disloyalty from the California Tenney Committee during the Red Scare of the late 1940s. In 1950, he was named dean of the UC Berkeley School of Architecture. In 1959, he orchestrated the creation of the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, which brought the three schools of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning into one organization. He served as its dean until his retirement in 1963 for health reasons. Wurster Hall is named in his and his wife's honor.

His firm received the AIA's third Architecture Firm Award in 1965 and he received the AIA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 1969. Among Wurster's students and later, his employee, was Jim Webbof Chapel Hill. Bio adapted from Wikipedia. Special thanks to Catherine Cramer for her extensive research.

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1919 - The Sigma Chi Fraternity House, Berkeley CA. Additions in 1928.


1922 - The R. J. McKim House, 1401 42nd Street, Sacramento CA. W. V. Whitesell, contractor. Traditional house. Sold in 1985 to Joseph Ackler and Betsy Buzby. Featured in the 1922 Building and Engineering Magazine.


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 1922 - The Charles Grunsky House, Stockton CA. Addition in 1936. Grunsky was a fellow student and Sigma Chi brother of Wurster. Needs verification.


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1925 - The J. L. Craig House, Berkeley CA. Unsure if built.


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1925 - The Carol Single House, San Francisco CA. Unsure if built.


1925 - The Elwood and Estelle Wright House, 6173 Ocean View Drive, Oakland CA. Sold in 1940's to Robert Grant. Sold to William B. and Nancy Elliott. Sold in 2009 to Michael Seel and Anne O'Neill. Has been added onto.


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1926 - The Ralph Ellis House, aka The Puddles, Jericho NY. Unsure if built, or even designed by Wurster.


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1926 - The John L. and Belle Rose Garber house, Tract 11, Oakland CA. John L. Garber (1833-1908) and his wife, Belle Rose, built a mansion in 1888 on land that eventually became the Garber tract, separated into several streets. Juliet Garber Stringham, John and Belle's daughter, was given the job of naming the streets in the tract, including the one named for her mother, Belrose Avenue. In the 1920's the eastern part of the Garber-Belrose tract became the John L. Garber Park. Needs verification.


 

1926 - The Wymond B. Garthwaite House, 850 Northvale Road, Oakland CA. Sold in 1937 to the Willoughby family. Sold to A. Eberle. Sold in 1991 to Chris and Ann Blazak. Sold in 1993 to Michael and Ruth Jacobson. Sold in 2008 to Guillermo Garcia and Mary Morkin.


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1926 - The Warren and Sadie Gregory Farmhouse, Canham Road off private road, near Chalk Mountain Road, Scotts Valley CA. Built as a vacation home; Warren Gregory passed away before the home was completed. Situated on a hillside and planned around a central courtyard, the inside of the Gregory Farmhouse was only accessible by doors opening onto the unbroken veranda along the court side or the terrace on the open side of the compound. Won first prize in House Beautiful's Small House Competition.


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1926 - The H. J. Hawley House, Los Altos CA. Unsure if built.


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1926 - The R. M. Budd House, Hillsborough CA. Unsure if built.


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1926 - The R. C. Minor Alterations, Stockton CA.


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1926 - The Elizabeth Ogier House, Pacific Grove CA. 


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1927 - The Frederick and Marion Adams House, Lake Tahoe CA.


 

1927 - The Herbert Evans House, 161 Vicente Road, Berkeley CA. Herbert Evans was the discoverer of Vitamin E in 1922. The house was destroyed between 1988 and 2000 and a new Modernist house designed by Antonio Lao and Eva Chiu was built in 2008, photo.


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1927 - California Exclusive Properties, Inc., San Mateo CA. Multi-residential property. Likely unbuilt.


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1927 - The Ken Saunders House, Berkeley CA. Unsure if built.


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1927 - The Vernon Smith House, Berkeley CA. 


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1928 - The Donald Gregory House, San Francisco CA.


1928 - The Gerald Hagar House, 245 Stonewall Road, Berkeley CA. Owned by the Hagar family until 1994, then sold to the Raymond Lifchez Trust.


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1928 - The D. L. Patch House, San Francisco CA.


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1928 - The George Planz House, Bakersfield CA. Unsure if built.


 

1928 - The Frank L. Reichert Alterations, 15 7th Avenue, San Francisco CA. Original house built in 1907. Sold to Stephen R. and Dale Levinson. Sold in 1995 to Susan W. Haldeman, still owner as of 2016.


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1928 - The H. H. Stephenson House, Lake Tahoe CA. 


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1929 - The Louis G. Breuner House, Piedmont CA. Unsure if built.


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1929 - The Warner Brown House, Berkeley CA. He was a Professor of Psychology at the University of CA-Berkeley.


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1929 - The William Brown House, Santa Barbara CA.


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1929 - The H. J. Hawley House, Berkeley CA. Featured in Architect and Engineer Magazine, April-September 1932.


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1929 - The A. W. Kidder House, Berkeley CA.


1929 - The Samuel V. Seddon House, San Francisco CA. Mr. Seddon was living at 2528 Union Street from 1927 - 1935, house built in 1926, so either the house wasn't built or the date is skewed in the collection). Photo above is the Union Street house. Sold in 1939 to Richard and Rosalie Arnstein. Rosalie Arnstein became a widow and remarried a Mr. Seton and lived in the home until her death in 2012, at 101. Thought there might be a family connection between her second husband and the original owners, but haven't found one. Sold in 2013 to Joseph and Mary Toboni. Will try to confirm if this is indeed a Wurster house. (Really strange about the last names "Seddon" and "Seton"!)


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1930 - The Marion Hollins House, Lucia CA. According to "Architecture of the Monterey Peninsula", published in 1976, this home as well as a cabin were built for Hollins in the Monterey area (the cabin was in Big Creek).


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1930 - The Gordon Hess House, Burlingame CA.


 1930 - The Robert and Margaret Paris Howes House, aka the Kaplansky/Howes House, aka the Stephen Wyckoff House, aka the General Manager's house, originally 17 Pasatiempo Drive, now 15 Pasatiempo Drive, Santa Cruz CA. Robert Howes was business manager for golf player Marion Hollins. He died suddenly in 1931. His wife remarried Earle Kaplansky, another golfer involved in the project. Sold around 1944 to Stephen Wyckoff, an attorney who helped save the golf course from being turned into home sites. He is listed at the address from the early 1950's through late 70's. It was empty from 1994 to 1996. Sold in 1996 to Jan Bardine. Sold in 2015 to John Vrolyk and Stacey Spieller.


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1930 - The Britha Husum House, 904 Regal Road, Berkeley CA. The house is listed in the January 4, 1930 issue of "Building and Engineering News". Built by Enoch Tranmal of Oakland. Needs verification.


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1930 - The Henry V. Colby House, San Francisco CA. Likely unbuilt. Wurster did a house for Colby in Berkeley in 1931.


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1930 - The M. C. Jenkins House, Livingston CA. Needs verification.


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1930 - The R. R. MacGregor House, San Francisco CA. Probably unbuilt.


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1930 - The Henry Murphy House, Santa Cruz CA. Not found.


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1930 - The Salem Lutheran Home Association Home for the Aged, 2361 East 29th Street, Oakland CA. Wurster was Professional Advisor. The design was awarded to Berkeley architect Henry H. Gutterson.


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1930 - The Leon Sloss, Jr, House, Woodside CA.


 

1930 - The Walter B. Wessells Remodel I, 1352 Filbert Street, San Francisco CA. 


 

1931 - The Marion Hollins House, 33 Hollins Drive, Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz CA. Hollins was a well-known pro golfer who established the Pasatiempo Golf Course designed by Wurster. He designed at least 3 of the first houses, including the home of landscape architect Thomas Church, who did the landscaping. Wurster also designed polo horse stables for her in Scotts Valley, near Santa Cruz. Hollins sold her interest and moved back to Monterey in the late 1930's.

 Wurster was hired to design Marion Hollins house and other residences and structures at the 600-acre Pasatiempo Country Club and Estates. Golf course designer, Alister MacKenzie, laid out the course while the Olmstead brothers provided the landscaping. Hollins hired architect Clarence Tantau to design the clubhouse. She introduced Wurster to Thomas Church, who at that time was a relatively unknown landscape architect, who oversaw the landscaping work in relation to the various structures. Additionally Wurster designed many of the support facilities, the caddy house, the tennis courts, a bath house at the beach (never built), the swimming pool, and nearby stables in Scott's Valley. Unfortunately the opening of the community coincided with the collapse of the stock market. Nonetheless, Wurster did build several additional private homes in the community through the late 30's, most of which received numerous national and local awards. 


 

1931 - The Alister MacKenzie House, Pasatiempo Country Club, Santa Cruz CA. He was the golf course's architect.


1931 - The Vernon Smith House Alterations, 2812 Russell Street, Berkeley CA. Sold to M. Schwartz. Sold in 1989 to Roxanne Fiscella.


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1931 - The Herman Adler House, Berkeley CA. Adler was a Professor of Psychiatry at UC Berkeley and a former IL state criminologist. Lockwood DeForest was the landscape architect. 


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1931 - The Modeste Alloo House, Berkeley CA. From 1922-1935 Professor and Head of the Music Department at UC Berkeley. Beginning in 1935 he began teaching at the University of Iowa during the summers and traveled extensively for teaching and conducting responsibilities throughout the U. S. and Europe.


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1931 - The Thomas Church Summer Home, Pasatiempo Country Club, Santa Cruz CA.


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 1931 - The Will Grant House, Sausalito CA. 


1931 - The Donald Gregory House, 170 Farm Road, Scott's Valley, Santa Cruz County CA. Still owned by Donald Gregory, Jr. This house is just south of the Gregory Farm House Wurster built for the family in 1928.


1931 - The Charles B. Henderson Alterations, Hillsborough CA. Featured in the 1931 Architect and Engineer Magazine. Lockwood DeForest III was the landscape architect. Small article from San Mateo Times, March 11, 1933 states that the Henderson's would be moving to their Hillsborough home the following week.


Around 1931 - The Alexander Meiklejohn House, 1525 La Loma Avenue, Berkeley CA. Professor of Philosophy at Brown and Cornell, he moved to Berkeley in 1931. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Johnson in 1963 at age 91. Wurster did several subsequent renovations. Sold to S. and J. Sutta. Sold in 1993 to Kenton and Kuniko King.


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1931 - The George Newhall Renovation, 2140 Parkside Avenue, Hillsborough CA. House built in 1922. Needs verification.


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1931 - The H. M. Sherman House, San Francisco CA. Probably unbuilt. 


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1931 - The A. G. Simpson House, Hillsborough CA. Nothing found.


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 1931 - The Mrs. W. C. (Edith) Van Antwerp House, Burlingame CA. Probably unbuilt. The Van Antwerps had a very famous home designed by Bakewell and Brown in 1922. It was before 1934 when an addition was done by another owner. In 1929 they were at 680 Brewer Street, Burlingame CA, where she died in 1949. This home was built in 1915. The connection with Wurster probably came from Marion Hollins, as Edith was a professional golfer.


1931 - The Carl Voss House, 48124 Highway 1, Big Sur CA. Sold to Ohlone Properties. Sold in 2016 to Corinne Colen.


1931 - The Henry and Ruth Colby House, 210 Stonewall Road, Berkeley CA. Owned by Ruth Colby until 1998. Sold/deeded in 1998 to the Brown Trust. Sold in 2002 to Jessica Seaton and Keith Wilson. Sold in 2007 to Jeffrey and Ann Taylor. Sold in 2009 to A. P. and Nicole Alvisatos.


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1932 - The Mrs. W. Thomas Balding House, Honolulu HI. Listed in the November 1931 Architect and Engineer magazine: "William W. Wurster...reports that plans are progressing satisfactorily for two residences in Honolulu. One is a $30,000 home for Mrs. W. Thomas Balding." There are photos in "The Architecture of Honolulu" by Geoffrey Fairfax.


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1932 - The Harry Bent House, Honolulu HI. Harry Bent was also an architect and supervised on several HI projects including his own home. 


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1932 - The John Donald and Ruth Campbell House, Palo Alto CA.


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1932 - The Harold Erdman House, Honolulu HI. There is a YMCA camp built in 1926 named for the Erdman's.


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1932 - The E. Russell Field House, Big Sur CA.


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1932 - The Mortimer Fleishhacker Sr. House, Woodside CA. Nothing found by Wurster for Sr. Home in 1911 by Greene and Greene is well known. The last addition to this home was in 1929, its possible a later home was designed but unbuilt. A second generation family member, Eleanor Fleishhacker Sloss, had a home built on the property in 1930 (see Leon Sloss Jr, 1930, will scan photo as I haven't been able to find on line.)


1932 - The W. E. Galliwey House, 51 Hollins Drive, Pasatiempo Country Club, Santa Cruz CA. Originally intended as a summer house for a niece of Marion Hollins. Sold to Bruce and Mary Summers. Sold in 2003 to James T. Hughins. Sold in 2004 to James and Randi Foster. Sold in 2010 to James and Catherine La Torre. Sold in 2012 to Robert D Barnes. Sold in 2016. 


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1932 - The Richard W. Hanna House, San Francisco CA. Unbuilt.


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 1932 - The Edward McCauley, Jr. Squash Court, 1061 San Raymundo Road, Hillsborough CA. Landscape by Lockwood DeForest.


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1932 - The E. O. McCormick Jr. House, Hillsborough CA. Listed in the 1933 edition of Architect and Engineer that "William Wurster has prepared plans for an English residence at Hillsborough, San Mateo County, for Mr. and Mrs. E. O. McCormick."


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1932 - The Minor Homes House for Baker, Hillsborough CA. Nothing found.


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1932 - The Mrs. George Robbins House, 1804 Floribunda Avenue, Hillsborough CA. Landscape by Lockwood DeForest. Garden design by Wurster and landscape architect Lockwood deForest. Sold around 1936 to Senator and Mrs. James A Brady. Sold to Don MacLean. Sold in 1991 to James and Frances Ou. 


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1932/1937/1941 - The Joseph and Frances Strauman House, Vacaville, CA. Possibly 106 Peach Tree Avenue, built in 1937. Needs verification.


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1932 - The D Rae Te Roller House, Palo Alto CA. Possibly 167 Stockbridge. Needs verification.

scrap the Birge M Clark info and the Stockbride address info. The library says there was no listing for the Te Roller family until 1939, it is on Stockridge (no address listed). Wurster collection has 32 with an addition in 57, so I don't know how you can have an addition to an unbuilt house. Will keep looking.


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1932 - The Horton P Wrestler House, Redwood City CA. 


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1933 - The Helen Chesebrough House, Hillsborough CA. Only address I have for her is 680 Brewer Drive, Burlingame (same area) CA. This house was built in 1915 so either no house was designed or it was an addition or remodel. Note: This is the Van Antwerp house from 1931. The ladies were sisters and died within 2 weeks of each other in 1949. 


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1933 - The F. W. Clampett House, Carmel CA. Nothing found yet.


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1933 - The Frank S Cumming House, Oakland CA. No listing in the city directories for this name through 1939.


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1933 - The W. N. Cumming House, Watsonville CA. Nothing found.


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1933 - The Lawrence Dorcy House, Santa Cruz CA.


1933 - The Horatio P. Livermore Renovation, 40 Florence Street, San Francisco CA. Horatio P. Livermore passed in 1916. This one is confusing as there are several properties on one parcel that are addressed differently. The original home was designed in the mid 1850's by an unknown architect. Several additions/alterations over the late 1890's and into the 1950's were done by Willis Polk and later William Wurster (no date given, shows 1920 and circa 1950's). There is a last home built on the original parcel in 1917 for Horatio's wife by Julia Morgan. Addresses show up as 40 Florence, 1045 Vallejo, and 1023 Vallejo. They are different houses on the same property. Property shark gives a date of 40 Florence and 1023 Vallejo as 1900, I emailed them, they say the information came from the assessor. I called the assessor as they have both addresses with a date of 1900. Both are incorrect. Both homes are on the National Registry with the correct information. The Julia Morgan home is listed in her collection, in several magazines from 1917, and from her books. 


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1933 - The Adolph Miller Project, Berkeley CA.


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1933 - The Richard P Minor House, Walnut Creek CA. Alterations. No home found in Walnut Creek. Address for Minor prior to 1938 (sold in 1938) was 420 W. Santa Inez Hills, Hillsborough, over an hour away from Walnut Creek.


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1933 - The E B Murphy House, Burlingame CA.


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1933 - The Edward L. Parsons House, San Francisco CA. Unbuilt.


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1933 - The Saxton T. Pope House, Burlingame CA. April 1936 issue of Architect and Engineer lists a home designed by Hall and Proetz and William Wurster for Pope in Burlingame, no address.


1933 - The Ehler H. Eiskamp House, 523 Brewington Avenue, Watsonville CA. Alterations in 1959. Sold for the first time outside the family in 2000 to Sofia Espinoza.


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1933 - The Charles Felton House, San Francisco CA. Unsure if built.

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1933 - The Wellington Henderson House, 711 Bromfield Road, Hillsborough CA. Additions in 1938, alterations in 1953. Changes in 1957-60. Addition of cook's room 1963-7. Sold to Kenneth Gladden and Dawn Gould Lepore. Sold in 2013 to Kilowatt Acquisitions, LLC.


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1933 - The Victor Kleven House, Ross CA. 


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1935 - The Laurance I. Scott House, Santa Cruz CA. Likely unbuilt. 


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1933 - 36 - The George J. Seebe House, Ross CA. Featured in Architect and Engineer Magazine 1935 and Pencil Points 1938. 


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1933 - The Mrs. Alfred Siegfried Additions, San Anselmo CA.


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1933 - The Mrs. Cooper Fleming House, Santa Cruz CA. Have a house for her in Hillsborough, nothing found in Santa Cruz. Note: She and her husband divorced about this time, and she was living in Hillsborough "for a few years" according to a newspaper clipping when she remarried in 1938.


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1934 - The Allen Chickering Jr., House, San Francisco CA. Probably unbuilt. Chickering was living at 2537 Vallejo Street, built 1900, from at least early 1930's through 1939 when he shows up in Woodside, CA. Wurster designed later homes, including a ski cabin for Chickering.


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1934 - The Paul Davis House, Lodi CA. Unbuilt.


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1934 - The E. M. Faye House, Knights Landing CA. An address comes up for Faye Properties at 5787 Eldorado (or El Dorado) Ranch Road and appears to be a farm. No listing for that address on maps or on property shark. No photos. Knights Landing is a small community of less than 1,000 people, a half hour northwest of Sacramento. Mr. Faye worked with the Farm Bureau.


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1934 - The H H. Joliffe House, Woodside CA. Have a 1937 address in San Francisco, but nothing found in Woodside.


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1934 - The Minor Homes House, aka the Walsh House, Berkeley CA.


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1934 - The Ira Joralemon House, Berkeley CA. Mr. Joralemon had a well-known home built for him by architect Bernard Maybeck in 1923 at 168 Southampton, Berkeley (according to Property Shark, 1923 with effective year built 1945). Wurster's collection gives a build date for a home designed form Joralemon in 1934 with additions in 1956 and 1958. Joralemon is still at the Maybeck house at least through at least 1941. It's possible that Wurster did the additions, but not the original home.


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1934 - The George P Adams House, Berkeley CA. Adams and his family were living at 745 Santa Barbara Road, Berkeley, from 1917 until at least 1954. House built in 1913 by architect Walter Ratcliff. Possibly an addition or remodel as the two men were colleagues at Berkeley. The architect and his firm also did a lot of work at the University, so there is a possible connection with Wurster and Ratcliff as well. Note - I'm really not sure where the dates on Property Shark come from or the city records where they supposedly get them. This house was on a historic home tour in 2011. Built in 1913. PS gives a date of 1949 with an effective build date of 1956. I know that assessors give a newer date if there was more than 50% additional work done or remodel, but this is ridiculous. The owner happens to be an architect. I'm going to contact him for the correct information. He's 84 so hope he remembers :)1949 - The George Adams House. Two structures on the property with the same date. Can't see two houses on google maps, there is another small structure that looks like some sort of out building. Both houses have same date, so that's probably where the issue is, they moved up the date. I still go with the Wurster part being an addition if it is indeed this property since the house was originally built in 1913.


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1934 - The L. B. King House, Woodside CA.


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1934 - The Mrs. James A. Barr, Berkeley CA. Possible address: 690 Spruce Street, Berkeley. She is listed at this address in the newspapers of the later 1930's. Property Shark only has one in Oakland, doesn't appear to be the same. San Francisco directories have no listing for her (either by Mrs. James or Julia).


1934 - The Frederic C Benner House, 155 Tamalpais Road, Berkeley CA. Still owned by the Benner family as of 2016.


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1934 - The Roy Bishop House, Woodside CA. Built, according to several news clips.


1934 - The Vincent Butler House, 41 Hollins Drive, Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz CA. They opened the house in August 1935 for a house warming and Vincent Butler was killed in an airline accident the first week of October. Sold around 1980 to Anthony and Susan Holbrook (listed at the address in the mid 1980's, still show as owners. 


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1934 - The Samuel and Margaret B. Randall House, 390 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz CA. This is the address they are living at until at least 1945. Address doesn't exist any more, believe it was changed to 404 which is the whole parcel. It is now a multiple residence with a date of 1868, so perhaps an addition. Will follow up.


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1934 - The Edwin Wiley Reeves House, Salinas CA. Not found.




1934 - The Sidney and Geneva Shipman Alterations, 135 Darien Way, San Francisco CA. They lived in the home until sold in 1964 to Maurice Edelstein. Sold in 1980 to Isaac Parecki. Sold to James and Margaret Finley (deeded from Finley to Finley in 2003.)


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1934 - The Allen Chickering, Jr. House, San Francisco CA. Alterations. In 1934, Chickering was living at 2730 Union, a house built in 1919. It is unclear if alterations were actually done as in 1936 he is living at the next house.


Around 1935 - The Diantha Miller House, 26211 Atherton Place, Carmel CA. Transferred in 2005 from Diantha Miller to Katherine Nielsen Hardy.


1935 - The Wallace Breuner House, 124 Lexford Road, Piedmont CA. Alterations in 1947 and 1955. Sold in 1993 to Julian and Collen Wilke. Sold in 1997 to Philip Chase. Sold in 2004 to Timothy Kahn and Anne Adams (Kahn Adams Trust).


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1936 - The John Floyd Cutler House, Visalia CA. Alterations in 1954 and 1955.


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1935 - The Helen K. Forbes House, San Francisco CA. House is listed in Architectural Forum.


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1935 - The J. W. Goodwin House, San Francisco CA. 


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1935 - The House Beautiful Magazine House, aka Bride's House.


401 DORCHESTER Rd, San Mateo, CA 94402

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1935 - The Mrs. F. B. Hussey House, 401 Dorchester Road, San Mateo CA. Sold in 1983. Sold in 1993 to Dorothy and James Ryan. Sold in 2013 to Samuel and Sara Shank. Demolished and rebuilt about 2015.


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1935 - The Ameila Jarvie House, Yellow Jacket Ranch Road, Calistoga CA. Page 15 in August 1938 Pencil Points on our site. 


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1935 - The Hans and Friedel Klussmann House, 260 Green Street, San Francisco CA. Mrs. Klussmann was the heart behind saving the cable cars in 1971. Sold to Sandra Mosbacher. Sold in 2011 to John and Robina Riccitello. Sold in 2017 to Meredith Bushnell and 260 Green Street Trust.


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1935 - The Frances Law House, Santa Cruz CA. 


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1935 - The B. H. Lehman Renovation, 97 Tamalpais Road, Berkeley CA. Original home built 1926. Sold to Samantha Good and Christopher Kirkham, owners since at least 2012. 


1935 - The Amelia Jarvie House, Calistoga CA.


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1935 - The Lehman House Remodel - Designed in 1926 by Morrow and Garren for Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Loeb. In 1936 Wurster remodeled the living room and fireplace for Dr. Lehman. In the 1960's the Ratcliff architecture firm designed an addition. The home was owned for 52 years by the same family (couldn't find the owners in between Lehman and current). No date found for when it was sold, old real estate brochure. Lehman's are listed until at least 1941, no phone books after that . On page 199 of the attached shows the original home and plan by Morrow and Garren. Must have been one of the last ones they designed as they were only in practice through 1925.


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1935 - The Minor Homes - Carolans, Santa Inez Avenue, Hillsborough CA. Minor Homes was a developer. I believe this was an unbuilt development. In the early 1900's Francis and Harriet Carolans built Carolan Chateau on almost 600 acres. In 1918 the mansion was closed and after Francis' death in 1923, Harriet remarried in 1925. By 1928 she removed all of her possessions. In 1930 the subdivision of most of the land began and by 1945 64 acres were sold. The mansion remained and was eventually listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The mansion is listed on Remillard Drive with Santa Inez just 2 miles east. The homes on Santa Inez are listed as mostly being built in 1924. Link.


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1935 - The Garry Owen House, Orinda CA.


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1935 - The Forest and Mildred Naylor House, 868 Paramount Road, Oakland CA. The Naylors owned the home until at least 1969. Sold to current owners, Robert and Flora Feldman, around 1993.


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1935 - The E. P. Pfingst House, Watsonville CA.


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1935 - The George Pope, Jr. House, 735 Bromfield Road, Hillsborough CA. Sold in 1983 to Merrill and Cynthia Magowan.


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1935 - The Richard Shaw Weekend House, Richmond Shore, Richmond CA. Built. Photos in several architecture magazines. Landscape design by H. Leland Vaughn.


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1935 - The Edgar D. and Frances Turner House, 26 Brookside Avenue, Berkeley CA. Original house built 1925 with effective year built 1938. Possible remodel. The Turner's were living there until Edgar's death in 1949. Sold to Plank Trust in the 1990's.


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1935 - The Merrill P. Whitney House, 116 The Uplands, Berkeley CA. Sold in the early 1990's to the Bruce and Phyllis Johnston Trust.


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1935 - The Winston S Cowgill House, Aptos CA. Not found.




1935 - The Nora Kenyon Remodel, 765 Bay Street, San Francisco CA. Original house 1908. Wurster also designed a 1936 addition. Sold to Sylvia Chase. Sold in 1991 to Min Yee. Sold in 1993 to Stanley Glaros.


1935 - 215 Western Drive, Richmond CA. Owned in the 1950's by H. L. Davis. Sold to Patricia Mille. Sold in 1991 to Virginia Rigney. Sold in 2012 to Virginia Rigney and Nancy Foss.


1936 - The Allen Chickering Jr. Renovations, 2537 Vallejo Street, San Francisco CA. Original house built 1900; architect unknown. Sold to the Neltner family in the 1910's. Sold to Maurice Harrison in the 1920's. Sold in 1935 to the Chickering family. Sold in the 1940's to the Ambrose family. Sold to Joe T. Ricketts. Sold in 2012 to Tommy and Marion Moreno.


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1936 - The Percy Cleghorn House, Stockton CA. Nothing found.


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1936 - The Richard C. Collins House, Burlingame CA. Nothing found.


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1936 - The Brian Curtis House, Sacramento CA. Have him listed at 1115 43rd Street in 1940, a house that Property Shark says was built in 1946. Home is listed (with other owners) in books as early as 1921.


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1936 - The Mathurin Dondo House, 215 Western Avenue, Richmond CA. 


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1936 - The Martin Flavin House, Pebble Beach CA. Not found, although I found several books that mention he had had homes in Carmel and Pebble Beach. Charles Sumner Greene (Greene and Greene architects) may have built his 1920's home in Carmel, he did do renovations in 1928, 1932, 1934, and 1939. Flavin's wife also show up in Pebble Beach in the early 1950's, but no address.


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1936 - The Don Goodwin House, Stockton CA.


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1936 - The Everett Griffin House, 2626 Green Street, San Francisco CA. Must have been alterations as house was built in 1919. Wife was daughter of the Gregory's, who Wurster also designed houses for. Wurster designed several houses/alterations for Griffin in another home in San Francisco, as well as 2 houses at Stinson Beach. Sold to Mario and Barbara Mormorunni. Sold in 1995 to Phillip and Rebecca Otto. Sold in 2009 to Mark Zoltan Chiba.


1936 - The Bartlett Heard House, 10 Roble Road, Berkeley CA. Alterations in 1940, addition in 1957. Sold in 2002 to Ward and Katrina Mottel.


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1936 - The Fred H. McCrea House, 861 Culebra Road, Hillsborough CA. Sold in 1943 to Mrs. Henry Parsons. Sold in 1958 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Murray. Sold to Charles Kamm (living there in 1971). Sold in c1993 to Mark and Lindsay Terzian. (Address found on 1940 census, house has date of 1936.)


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1936 - The Elizabeth Bixby House, Cojos CA. This is actually the Bixby Ranch near Cojos Point, Santa Barbara County, near Vandenberg AFB. Ranch was developed in 1913 by Fred Bixby, not sure if Wurster designed a home on the property at one time. Sold in 2007 and renamed Cojos Jalama Ranch. In the 1930's Elizabeth was living in Rancho Los Alamitos, another area owned by the Bixby family, so not sure how Wurster was involved in Cojos Ranch.


1936 - The Dr. F. E. and Marguerite Blaisdell House, 405 Stanford Street, Watsonville CA. Deeded in 2002 to her daughter, Mary Hopkins. Deeded in 2003 to Jo Ann Vear.


1936 - The Mrs. F. W. Bradley House, 2716 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco CA. I believe this was an addition or remodel as the Bradley's lived at this address starting in 1917. In Wurster's collection it gives the names "John and Elizabeth Davis" in parenthesis. They lived at 2714 Pacific Avenue in 1940, after Mrs. Bradley moves to another address. In 1943 Mrs. Bradley remarries to a Dr. Frank Girard. In 1948 the Davis family and the Girard's are both listed, with the Davis' at 2714 and the Girard's at 2716. I believe that this was the year the house changed ownership and the Davis information was still listed. I also think that after Mary Bradley Girard moved back into the house, the address may have been renumbered to read only 2714 because looking at old aerials in 1968, there is a grassy strip at 2716. My theory is that the addresses are the same house and have been updated to 2714. This also had to have been an addition or a remodel of some sort as 2714 was built in 1914. I've included the property shark parcel map for what is now 2716 (vacant land owned by 2728 Pacfic Ave LLC ) and a photo of 2714 (built in 1914. Sold in 2014 to Paul Deneve. This article may help explain it: 2724 Pacific in Pacific Heights Sells for $23.889M, Is Biggest Sale of the Year


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1936 - The Edwin Berry/Oliver Lombardi House, 2 Hollins Drive, Pasatiempo Country Club, Santa Cruz CA. Designed in 1931 but not completed until 1936, the house was built by Berry for his nephew, Oliver Lombardi. Sold in the late 1940's to Louis Wollenberger. Sold in late 50's to Horace Street. Sold in 1982 to Bruce and Joanne Hageman. Sold in 1994 the Grossman's, but was deeded to Martha Benedict as early as 1995. Sold to David Klump in 2014. Sold to Kully Mandon in 2016. 


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1936 - The Russell Matthias House, Carmel CA. Only found articles saying he was living there, no address.


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1936 - The Frank McIntosh House, Los Altos CA.


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1936 - The Minor Homes Development, aka Bellevue, San Mateo CA. Nothing found.


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1936 - The Mitchell T Neff House, Ross CA. Built. House is included in the Architectural Forum April 1938 issue.


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1936 - The B. M. Palmer House, Berkeley CA. Nothing found.


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1936 - The George Pope Sr., House, Hillsborough CA. Drawings but no photos, likely unbuilt.

1936 - The Mrs. Martin Post House, likely unbuilt.


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1936 - The John Raggio House, Piedmont CA. No photos in collection, possibly unbuilt. Raggio is listed in phone directories for the time. House in Aptos in 1940 (possibly unbuilt) and one in San Francisco in 1959.


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1936 - The Richard S. Shainwald House, Lake Tahoe CA. Built (photos in collection).


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1936 - The Sigma Chi Fraternity Housing, Stanford CA. Building there now is from 1963. Needs verification.


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1936 - The Reginald G. Smith House, Laurel Grove Avenue, Ross CA. Addition. Address not found.


1936 - The John A. Sutro House, 3598 Jackson Street, San Francisco CA. Additions in 1938 and 1969. Landscape by Thomas Church. Almost 10,300 sq ft, 10 bedrooms, 8 baths, and 4 stories. Owned by the Sutro family through sale in 2013 to Suzanne Brais and Stefan Green. 


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1936 - The Joseph Henry House, Pebble Beach CA. Also in 1950. Nothing found, not sure if the 1950 is another house. There are photos in the collection so assume built.


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1936 - The S. E. Hills House, Burlingame CA. 


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1936 - The Charles Hine House, Santa Cruz CA. 


1936 - The Ingemar and C. Madelyn Holberg Alterations, 245 Castro Street, San Francisco CA. Sold in 1987 to Keith Wetmore. Needs verification.


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1936 - The Mrs. Elyse S. Hopkins House, Carmel CA. Likely unbuilt.


1936 - The Edgar Jensen House, 1650 La Vereda Street, Berkeley CA. Designated Berkeley Landmark #193 in 2004. Sold to Joseph and Barbara Conley. Sold in 2002 to Margueritte and Philip Rossetto. Deeded in 2004 to Louis Rossetto.


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1936 - The Julius Landsburger House, Pebble Beach CA. Likely unbuilt.


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1941 - The Oliver B and Hilda Lyman Remodel, 2675 Green Street, San Francisco CA. House built in 1912. Sold in 1956 to the Hunt family.


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1936 - The Harold Mack House, Oregon.


1936 - The Marshall Maslin Renovation, 31 Tamalpais Road, Berkeley CA. Original house 1925, effective date built 1940. Maslin is shown living there until at least 1940 (census). Sold to the Maslin's in 1936. Sold around 1954 to Norman Taylor. Sold in 1958 to Dr. Sproul. Sold around 1970 to Nancie Campbell. Sold to C & L Casebeer. Sold in 1991 to Richard Bowen. Sold in 1992 to Frank and Marilyn Hanley, still owners as of 2015.


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1936 - The Brooks Walker House, 121 Scenic Avenue, Piedmont CA. Landscape by Thomas Church. Sold to R & L Saks Trust. Sold in 2016 to Mark McLaughlin and Shannon Pelaquin.


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1936 - The Roma Ware House, Reno NV. Instead of moving to Italy, the New York socialite Roma Ware bought a sheep ranch outside Reno NV near Lake Pyramid "32 miles from civilization" after her divorce. I had a San Francisco architect build me a house of pink-tinted canyon rock, the finest house he has ever built, with a veranda all around it" so she could yell out to the ranch hands. She said in a 1938 interview with the local paper, "the only thing I have yet to learn is how to roll my own cigarettes". Unsure if still standing.


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1936 - The Mrs. Fred Wolfe House, Berkeley CA. 


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1936 - The Frank V. Birbeck House, Monterey County CA.


1937 - The Walter B. Wessells Remodel II, 1356 Greenwich Street, San Francisco CA. Built in 1909.


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1937 - The Beth Armstrong Renovation, San Francisco CA. Possible address 1267 Lombard Street. House built in 1907. Became a multi-unit building.


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1938 - The Paul C. Campbell House, Fremont Street, Stockton CA. Destroyed.


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1937 - The Marshall Carter House, San Francisco CA. Likely unbuilt.


1937 - The Dearborn Clark House, 749 Las Olas Drive, Aptos CA. Sold to E. Keith Slingsby. Deeded in 2005 to Jack and Mary Marsten.


a1937 - The Delta Delta Delta Sorority House, aka Tri-Delt House, 2300 Warring Street, Berkeley CA. Multiunit sorority residence. Alterations also by Wurster between 1945-1963.


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1937 - The Mrs. George Eggleston House, Brookdale CA. Built. Only information found was in George's 1957 obituary (Santa Cruz Sentinel) which stated that he and his wife, Josephine, maintained a summer home in Brookdale. (In his obit the headline read "Eggleston", but in the body "Egleston". Wurster's collection has 2 g's.)


1937 - The Ralph Ellis House, 2420 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA. Not sure of original date of house, the Ellis family had house alterations in 1929, then another listing in 1937 so not sure if same. Property shark has date of 1958, believe this was when it was renovated for college housing.


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1937 - The B. J. Feigenbaum House, no location. I found a B. J. Feigenbaum listed at 2838 Jackson Street, San Francisco in the 1940 census. House built in 1929. Unsure if this is the house.


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1937 - The Mortimer Fleischhacker, Jr. House, 2600 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco CA. Alterations in 1940 and 1945-6. Sold to George and Maria Hartmann. Sold in 1994 to Nina Ireland. Deeded in 2010 to Joseph I. O'Neill, III aka Hos Pacific LLC. Remodeled in 2012, second photo.


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1937 - The Gamma Phi Beta Sorority House, Multi Unit, 2732 Channing Way, Berkeley CA. Alterations by Wurster in 1950-60. As of 2017, still owned by the sorority. From the Oakland Tribune, 3/7/1937: "Wrecking old Gamma Phi Beta home - over 10,000 feet in lumber. Dolan Wrecking Co." From the Oakland Tribune, 11/13/1937: "The modern architecture of the house is striking and constitutes one of the finest structures that has been done by the architect William Wurster. The house is situated on two lots on one of which the former Gamma Phi Beta home was located for 26 years."


1937 - The Milo Gates House, 33 Bellevue Avenue, Piedmont CA. Sold in 1997 to William and Sara Cumbelich.


1937 - The Richard and May Graves House, 798 Creston Road, Berkeley CA. Sold to Marcel and Margrit Schurman. A second story addition was built in 2005 and there were interior upgrades in 2010.


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1937 - The Carroll Grunsky House, Stockton CA. In the 1940 census Grunsky is listed at 9 East Pine Street. Address no longer exists or has been renumbered. Needs verification.


 

1937 - The Charles Gurchot House, 150 Palo Alto Avenue, San Francisco CA. Sold to Beverly Gregory. Deeded in 2014 to Philomena Deandrade. 


1937 - The James Morton Hamill House, 737 Bay Street, San Francisco CA. Sold to Irwin and Judith Houghteling. Sold in 2011 to Harry Whitehouse and Wendy Rabinov. Has become rental units.


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1937 - The Mrs. H. B. Harker House, Mill Valley CA. Nothing found.


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1937 - The Mrs. A. G. Armstrong Harrison House, Aptos CA. Probably unbuilt, only manuscript information in collection.


1937 - The Ralph and Jerita Head House, 36 San Jacinto Way, San Francisco CA. Sold in 1950 to Henry Clausen. Clausen family owned it until 1994. Sold in 1994 to Brugnara Corporation. Sold in 2002 to Bimmie Strausser and Ongkarn Supatree.


1937 - The Cleveland Henning House, 761 Chiltern Road, Hillsborough CA. Sold in 1946 to John Edgerley. Sold to R. Lent Hooker. Sold in 1995 to Craig Shaffer and Anthony Leiker.


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1937 - The L. W. Hill, Sr. House.


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1937 - The John Rodman Hooker House, Hillsborough CA. Not found. (Note: Brother to R. Lent Hooker, 3rd owner of the Henning house above.) Wurster also designed a 1940 Lake Tahoe house for him.


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1937 - The Rowland R. King House, Atherton CA. 


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1937 - The Hylda Knutsen House, San Francisco CA. Unclear. Mrs. Knutsen lived at 2045 Green Street (built 1905, now multi-unit) in 1937. In 1938 she was living at 777 Bay Street (built 1908), also a multi unit and is listed as apartment manager. Collection has photos, leading me to believe a project was completed, but unsure which address. Either way, it would be alterations. Could have done some work before selling property, or made changes to the new location.


1937 - The E. W. Laub House, 12 Pershing Drive, Oakland CA. Sold to Robert Hummel. Sold in 1982 to Pamela and Sanford Brawley.


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1937 - The Louis Lehane House, Palo Alto CA. Landscape design by Thomas Church.


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1937 - The Robert L. Lipman House, Berkeley CA. Have him listed at 180 Stonewall at the time. House was built in 1925. Either a remodel (not listed as such in collection) or unbuilt.


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1937 - The J. McFarlane House, Contra Costa County CA.


1937 - The Ernest D. Mendenhall House, 1570 Emerson Street, Palo Alto CA. Sold in 1988 to William and Alka Jarvis.


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1937 - The Lafayette P. Monson House, Berkeley CA. Undetermined if house was built.


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1937 - The George W. Moore House, Pebble Beach CA. Listed in the historic context survey for Pebble Beach, no address found, undetermined if house was built.


1937 - The Charles A. Noble House, 3580 Jackson Street, San Francisco CA. The Nobles owned the home until 1973. Sold in 1974 to R. L. Dean. Sold in 1976 to John McCredie. Sold in 1978 to Geoffrey Brady. Sold in 1981 to L. G. Sellers. Sold in 1994. Sold in 2013 to Kevin King and Meridee Moore.


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1937 - The Juliana Painter House, Ross CA.


 

1937 - The H. Norris and Helen Reinhardt House, 5659 Cabot Drive, Oakland CA. Property Shark has date of 1936. Directories for 38-40 show Reinhardts. Sold to C. Jones and C. Welti. Sold in 1988 to Peter and Heidi Risse. Transferred in 2003 to Heidi Mead (the former Heidi Risse). Recent past shows an in-law unit at the house up for sale or lease with date of 1936, so not an add on. Permits going back to 1991 show a bath remodel and some electrical work. Wood driveway replaced with concrete in 1991.


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 1937 - The A. S. Russell House.


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1937 - The Dimitri Schoch House, Sausalito CA. Found him on Currey Avenue in 1940 directory, no number, but checking the houses on that road only one fits the time frame, 32 Currey Avenue built in 1939. Nothing found to validate the address as a Wurster or that he was ever the resident. Schoch was an interior decorator, but found only one house definitely tied to him and not a Wurster design as far as I can tell.


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1937 - The S. G. Shainwold House, Lake Tahoe CA.


1938 - The Clay and Louise Sherman House, 2431 Leimert Blvd, Oakland CA. Sold to the Hotchkiss Trust. Sold in 1999 to Matthew and Dawn Antonelli.


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1937 - The Marguerite Brack Smith House, Stockton CA. No indication she was living in Stockton as she is in the newspapers of the day as living in San Francisco. She was a real estate broker so it is possible she had something built as an investment, or a second home.


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1937 - The Ralph and Barbara Soto-Hall, Jr. Renovation, 2519 Pierce Street, San Francisco CA. Needs verification.


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1937 - The Soule Steel Company Unit Steel House, San Francisco CA. Low-cost housing project. Unbuilt.


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1937 - The Nelson Struve House, Watsonville CA. 


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1937 - The Benjamin Grant Taylor House, Whipple Avenue, Redwood City CA. Addition. He was the clerk for the California State Supreme Court. Numerous homes on Whipple Avenue, many built before 1937.


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 1937 - The Marie Thompson House, San Francisco CA.


1938 - The Leslie Van Deusen House, 1598 Hawthorne Terrace, Berkeley CA. Sold in 1994 to Carol Amyx.


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1937 - The Walter B Wessels House, 1356 Greenwich Street, San Francisco CA. (Previously sent with 1930 Wessels house. Correct year for Greenwich was 1907 not 1909, again, no indication of Wurster's involvement.)


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1937 - The George West House, San Francisco CA.


 

1937 - The John F. and Sonya Whedon House, San Francisco CA. Only 4 owners including the newest. Sold in 1941 to H. Brodie and Jean Stephens. Sold in 1961 to Helen and Joseph Bernstein. Sold January 2016 to Robert and Elaine Cooper Living Trust.

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1937 - The Charles S. Wheeler Alterations, Walnut Creek CA.


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1937 - The Mrs. Eugene Wilhoit House, Stockton CA. Home was in an area called "El Pinal."


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1937 - The H Allyn Wood House, Walnut Creek CA. Possible address of either 1600 Orchard Lane or 1611 Orchard Lane. Newspaper article has the Woods on Orchard Lane during this time frame, no specific address. Only a few houses on this street and only these two from 1935 (1600) and 1936 (1611). All others primarily in early 50's, one built in 2013 was probably a tear down.



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1937 - 2870 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco CA. Sold around 1953 to Homer Tyler. Sold in 1957 to Joseph Sloss. Sold in 1972 to Mrs. Marian Miller. Sold in 1975 to Mark and Ruth Franklin. Sold in 2001 to Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. of California. Sold in 2004 to Dr. Caley and Heidi Castelein. Pretty much demolished over the years. Photos from before and after a 2006 complete remodel/addition. Property Shark gives a date of 1951, which means it must have had work done even before.


 1938 - The Robert Aird House, 160 Palo Alto Avenue, San Francisco CA. Sold in 1945 to Dr. Douglas Campbell. Sold after 43 years in 1988 to Andrea and Roberto Nachtigall.


1937 - The Carl and Betty Helmholz House, 2821 Shasta Road, Berkeley CA. He was a professor of physics at UC Berkeley. Needs verification.


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1938 - The David Ball House, Carmel CA.


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1938 - The Beaver House, Hollywood area of Los Angeles CA.


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1938 - The Thomas Beck House, Hollywood area of Los Angeles CA.


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1938 - The Earl C. Berger House, Los Altos CA. Addition in 1942.


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1938 - The Richard Breuner House, 515 Miner Road, Orinda CA. Thomas Church, landscape architect. Remodeled in 1957 and an addition/alteration in 1966. Sold to Peter and Marian Zischke. Deeded to Zischke Trust.


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1938 - The Frank Brown House, Woodside CA. 


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1938 - The Benjamin H. Cory House, Fresno CA.


1938 - The Blake Darling House, 142 Britton Avenue, Atherton CA. Deeded to Joyce Pabst Todd and Marjorie Todd. Deeded to William Dorsey and Janet Refvem. Sold in 2014 to 142 Britton LLC, aka Jason and Kaitlin Godfrey, who destroyed it and rebuilt.


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1938 - The Mary Grace Hamilton House, San Rafael CA. Nothing found. She was a Professor of Humanities at Dominican College.


1938 - The R. W. Hanna House, 1802 Floribunda Avenue, Hillsborough CA (legal address shows as Burlingame CA) Hanna and his wife lived at this address until 1944. Wurster did alterations for another home for Hanna (1958). Sold in 1993 to Herbert Dedo.


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1938 - The Robert Harker House, Santa Cruz CA. Newspaper articles report he and his wife lived there.


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1938 - The Marion Hooker House, Mill Valley CA.


1938 - The Hiram Johnson III House, 176 Madrona Avenue, Belvedere-Tiburon CA. Sold by the Johnson family in 1994 to Claus and Carolyn Lund. Renovation in 1942. Sold in 1994.


 

1938 - The Alexander Donald House, 2887 Woodside Road, Woodside CA (legal address Redwood City CA). 1 bd/1 bath guest house built in 1951 (no indication by Wurster). Small article in paper June 9, 1938 saying that a permit had been issued, and an open house was held 12/16/38. Sold to Chachuagua Partnership. Sold in 2006 to Carolyn Davidow Putney and Stuart Bates Putney. Major renovation to main residence in 2006. Demolition of barn/out building 2000. Pool house renovation as well as demolition and replacement of old pool and spa. Address is same for both main house and guest house. Putney Farm as it is now known, received a plaque from the local preservation committee in 1913. (Homeowners also own a local restaurant called Timber and Salt that sounds yummy!)


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1938 - The Vallejo Gantner House, Los Angeles CA. Probably unbuilt.


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1938 - The Olin Garrison House, Happy Valley, Lafayette CA. Found one item in an Oakland CA paper in 1938 for a party that was being held at their home on "Lower Happy Valley Road" and they are listed in the Oakland city directory starting in 1941 but only road listed, no address. No other information found. In the 1950's they were living in Stockton and spent time in Palm Desert (not sure if they had a home there). Happy Valley Road has 7 pages of houses listed on Property Shark, several in the timeframe.


1938 - The Robert C. Green, aka Greenhill, Mt. Diablo CA. Landscape by Thomas Church.


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1938 - The Charles Grunsky House, Pasatiempo Golf Course, 6th Green, Santa Cruz CA. The Santa Cruz Sentinel mentions the house in January 1939.


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1938 - The Kent Woodlands, Lot Q Model Home, Kent Woodlands CA.


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1938 - The William Kent Jr., Farmhouse, near Muir Woods in Marin County CA. Likely built; mention of a Mrs. William Kent Jr. cooking in her house in Marin County.


1938 - The W. F. Langelier Renovation, 52 Alvarado Road, Berkeley CA. Original house was built in 1910. Sold to Gary and Cynthia Roach.


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1938 - The Life Magazine/Pollard House, No location found. *In the magazine article it states the Calvert house. There is no Calvert listed in Wurster's collection, in the collection it is listed as the Pollard house. Unclear if this is correct house, but only one that matches timeframe. No other information found.


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1938 - The D. D. MacGregor House, Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County CA.


 

1940 - The Doris McMillan House, 2551 Greenwich Street, San Francisco CA. Commissioned 1938. Sold in 1953 to Archie Wedemeyer. Listed as 3 apts in 1955, with Wedemeyer being there until 1965. Listed as 3 apts through 1980. Sold to Clara and Harry Bowman. Sold in 2012 to Sharon Purewal.


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1938 - The Bliss Magly House, Mill Valley CA. 


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1938 - The W. S. Markham House, Salinas CA. 


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1941 - The Mary McDougal House, Emerald Bay CA.


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1938 - The Jessie McKinney House, Larkspur CA. 


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1938 - The Dr. Albert K. and Ellen Merchant House, Stockton CA. Unsure. In late 1940's he was living at 1624 N Hunter Street, Stockton, built 1918. Possibly this is a remodel.




1938 - The Grace Ogg House, aka the Mrs. Alfred W. Ogg House, 145 Woodland Avenue, San Francisco CA. Sold in 1976 to Geoffrey and Patricia Greene. Deeded to Patricia Greene.


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1938 - The John F. Neylan House, Woodside CA. Neylan, an attorney for William Randolph Hearst, lived at 5050 Alpine Road from 1937 until 1944, when he moved to San Francisco. The Woodside home was built in 1922 for Herbert E Law. Known as Villa Lauriston, it was designed by architect George Schastey. Neylan bought the home in 1937. The only mention of work that he had done was the addition of frescoes in the breakfast room. In 1944 he moved to an apartment building in San Francisco. If Wurster was involved with the Woodside estate, it was a remodel. Doubtful considering the scale of this home.


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1938 - The Mrs. Dorothy Parker House, El Cerrito CA. The only Dorothy Parker listed in El Cerrito at that time that could match is Russell and Dorothy Parker at 5959 Margarido Drive, listed as Oakland. Unfortunately if this is the house, the home that is there now was built in 1993 (although from the photo it looks much older so it could be a complete remodel.)


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1938 - The G. Sheldon Perham House, Los Altos CA. Perham bought Deer Hollow Farm in 1937 and ran his construction company on the land. He is said to have died at his Los Altos ranch in 1955. Haven't found a connection with Wurster but Perham is listed there for almost 20 years.


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1938 - The George Pope House, San Mateo CA. Likely a vacation house.


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1938 - The Postelwaite House, Kent Woodlands CA. 


1938 - The Richard Raoul-Duval House, Burlingame Hills CA. Featured in The San Mateo Times Feb. 27, 1937. Landscape by Thomas Church.


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1938 - The John R Reid House, Palo Alto CA. 


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1938 - The Augustus C. Schwager House, Millbrae CA. 


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1938 - The George Sibbert Multi Residential Project, San Francisco CA. 


1938 - The H. Brodie Stephens House, 17 San Andreas Way, San Francisco CA. Built in 1937. Sold to Joseph and Helen Bernstein. Sold in 2016 to Jeffrey Cooper.Video.


1938 - The John & Elizabeth Stephenson Renovation, 3662 Clay Street, San Francisco CA. Original home built in 1910. Renovated again in 1946. The Stephenson Trust sold the house in 1993 to British Pacific Investment Corp. Sold in 2005 to Robert T. Holden and Grace Won.


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1938 - The Sherman Chickering Ski Cabin, Sugarbowl CA. Sugarbowl Ski Lodge was started in 1939 by four men including Chickering. Cabins were designed by Wurster for Sherman Chickering, Walter Haas, Jr, and Brooks Walker in 1938-39, as well as the main ski lodge.


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1938 - The C. A. Webster House, Linden CA. 


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1938 - The Julia Wolf House, San Francisco CA.


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1938 - The George Wolff House, San Anselmo CA. 


1938 - The Alfred and Rose Sutro Renovations, 3660 Jackson Street, San Francisco CA. House built in 1907. Wurster did a remodel in 1938, with an addition of a caretakers cottage in 1940, and alterations in 1941, and 1942-44. Sold in 1978 to Fred Carroll. Sold by the Carroll Trust in 2013 to Nmieke LLC.


 

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1938 - The Donald Alexander House, Woodside CA.


1939 - The Lawrence and Flora Arnstein House, 30 Cragmont Avenue, San Francisco CA. Sold for the first time in 1991 to Allan and Maisie Wong, still owners as of 2016.


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1939 - The F. Cecil Baker House, Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz CA. Home was built, haven't found address.


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1939 - The Philip Bancroft House, Walnut Creek CA. No address found.


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1939 - 40 - The Hans Barkan House, San Francisco CA. Barkan was living at 3653 Jackson from 1928-1942. The house was built in 1913. Its possible that it was a remodel. He moved in 1943 to 1940 Broadway, a home built in 1925, now condos.


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1939 - The Belvedere Land Co., Belvedere CA. Have found one house Wurster designed for Belvedere, but it wasn't built until 1967. This may have been a spec house.


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1939 - The R. D. Berst House, Walnut Creek CA. Also listed in 1941 though it doesn't say that it was an addition or remodel. Nothing found.


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1939 - The David Bouverie House, Glen Ellen CA. Probably unbuilt. David Bouverie was a London architect who moved to Glen Ellen and bought a large piece of land in 1938. While there is a home there, built for author MFK Fisher, it was designed by Bouverie. The property is now a Preserve. No mention of a home built for Bouverie.


1939 - The H. W. Bradley House, 19 Hollins Drive, Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz CA. Sold to Erik and Rhonda Nelson.


 

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1939 - The John Breschini House, Salinas CA. 


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1939 - The Howard Brown House, San Francisco CA. Two Howard Browns that are a possibility, my guess its the Dr. Howard Brown who lived at 127 San Pablo Avenue. House built in 1925, so if it is the correct one, it was either not built or a remodel.


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1939 - The Robert Brown House, Hillsborough CA. Nothing found.


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1939 - The Clara and Malcolm Bruce Multiple Residential, San Francisco CA. Nothing found.


1939 - The Robert P Bullard House, 250 Locust Street, San Francisco CA. Alterations in 1953-60. Landscape by Thomas Church. Sold in 1961 to John Rogers, who owned it at least until 1982. Sold to Suzanne B. Orrick.


 

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1939 - The Prentis Burtis House, 3591 Jackson Street, San Francisco CA. Home was built in 1910 so either altered or house wasn't built. (There is a Prentis Burtis Sr. and Jr. They were both at this address until 1943, then each had separate addresses. Neither address fit. Assuming it was the Jackson Street address if at all.)


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1939 - The Horace Cagwin House, Mill Valley CA. In 1940 he's listed at 164 Summit Avenue. There is no longer a 164, there is a 160 and a 170, both of which were built in the early teens. Addresses have probably changed. Only house found on Summit Avenue built in 1939 is 343, which wouldn't be the house. Have email out to Mill Valley library.


1939 - California 1-4 U. S. Housing Authority, Valencia Gardens Development, bounded by Valencia and 14th and Guerrero and 15th, Mission District, San Francisco CA. The old Recreation park baseball stadium was razed in 1938 to make way for the 246-unit project funded by the USHA. It opened in 1943. Court-plan using inward facing buildings at the perimeter of the site, creating spacious and protected courtyards. The units had continuous balconies overlooking large interior courts. Glass-brick and smooth, concrete facades gave the building such an elegant look that the Museum of Modern Art singled it out as an outstanding example of modern housing. The development was razed in the mid 1990's and replaced by another building of the same name. (Bottom photo of the new development with same name.


 

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1939 - The George J Calder House, Mill Valley CA. Alterations. 


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1939 - The Dr. Herbert S. Chapman House, Stockton CA. 


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1939 - The Allen Chickering, Jr. Ski Cabin, Soda Springs CA. Part of the Sugar Bowl Ski Cabins Wurster started in 1938. Haven't found individual cabins.


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1939 - The Gardner Chiles House, Point Richmond CA.


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1939 - The E. M. Cipperley House, Richmond CA.


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1939 - The Jack and Lois Clumeck House, San Francisco CA. Address from the late 1930's until at least mid 19440's was 3990 Clay Street, a home built in 1908. May have been alterations.


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1939 - The Hugh Crawford House, Orinda CA. Nothing found.


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1939 - The Mrs. William Denman House, San Francisco CA. If completed, it was an alteration. In 1941, the Denman's lived at 2140 Pacific Avenue, built in 1929. By 1943 they are at 2990 Green Street, built in 1923. My guess is that since it was under "Mrs. W. Denman" it may have been alterations to the first house. The second home is now 2 units.


1939 - The Henry Dobie House, 22 Aladdin Terrace, San Francisco CA. Tiny little street. Mr. Dobie was gone by 1943. By the mid 1950's it became a duplex. Sold in ca 1991 to Christopher Bigelow.


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1939 - The John Donovan House, Reno NV. Nothing found. He was an attorney. 


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1939 - The E. M. Gallagher House, San Francisco CA. No E. M. Gallagher listed through 1944.


1939 - The Eleanor Gardner House, 70 Arden Road, Berkeley CA. Appears to be broken up into 4 separate units. Sold to Bryce F Howard. Sold in 2000 to Kathryn Kennedy.


1939 - The Frank and Martha Gerbode House, 2560 Divisadero Street, San Francisco CA. Additional alterations by Wurster throughout the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's. Martha Gerbode was the first woman on a federal grand jury in San Francisco in 1939. Martha died in 1971, Frank owned the home until his death in 1984. Sold arouind 2003 to Douglas Shorenstein.


1942 - The Everett Glass House, 70 Twain Avenue, Berkeley CA. Commissioned 1939. Designated Berkeley Landmark in 1995. Glass was an actor and Professor of Dramatic Arts at Berkeley. Sold around 1992 to Jay and Zela Claiborne.


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1939 - The James A Gould House, Old Lyme, CT. Nothing found.


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1939 - The Mrs. Warren Gregory House, 1030 Vallejo Avenue, San Francisco. Original houise was 1888. Destroyed. If the project was completed it would have been a remodel for Mrs. Gregory as a Reverend Worcester built the "Marshall Houses" at 1034 and 1030 Vallejo in 1888. The home at 1030 was a single story shingled cottage. Mrs. Gregory lived at this address until 1942. Architect Eldridge Spencer lived there from 1945-1961. In 1962 the address disappears. In 1982 this 7-unit townhome (photo above) was designed by Esherick, Homsey, Dodge and Davis architects, replacing both addresses and being readdressed as 1020.


 

1939 - The L. C. Grover House, 2666 Broadway, San Francisco CA. Sold in 1946 to Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr., President and CEO of Levi Strauss. Sold in 2011 to John McLaughlin who did a major remodel and removed most of the Wurster character. Sold in 2013 to Mitchell and April Gariguto.


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1939 - The Walter Hass, Jr Ski Cabin, Sugar Bowl, Soda Springs CA.


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1939 - The Fred T. Hale House, Santa Cruz CA.


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1939 - The Weston Havens House, 255 Panoramic Way, Berkeley CA. Architect was Harwell Hamilton Harris and is on NCMH.


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1939 - The E. H. Heller House, Atherton CA. Alterations 1950-1, 1962-4. 


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1939 - The Julian C Jacobson House, Santa Cruz CA. Found a later home but not the 1939.


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1939 - The Gerald Kennedy House, Stockton CA. Additions in 1953. Not found.


1939 - The William Kent, Jr. Cabins, aka Steep Ravine Canyon, Stinson Beach CA. Steep Ravine was a haven for squatters drawn to its sulphur springs. In 1930 William Kent Jr. razed their shacks and built 13 rustic cabins, which he rented at a fair price. The Army took it over during WWII. After the war the cabins were leased to his family and friends. The land was later acquired by the state and, due to government bureaucracy, fell into disrepair. In 1980 the cabins received a much-needed makeover.


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1939 - The L. W. Langdon House, Hillsborough CA. 


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1939 - The V. F. Lassagne House, Happy Valley CA.


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1939 - The Frank Lyman House, Atherton CA. Featured in a 1941 issue of House and Garden magazine.



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1939 - The A. F. Maier House, Marin County CA. Still looking.


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1939 - The Mrs. Thomas McCormack House, Rio Vista CA. The McCormack's had a historic home on South 2nd in Rio Vista built in 1902. Haven't been able to locate information on the house other than when it was built. Not sure why its listed under the wife since they were married at this time, he was a California senator. The house still stands, could certainly be improvements. Have a listing for her in 1950-1 as well, doesn't say additions or alterations.


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1939 - The Minor Homes Development, Floribunda Avenue, Hillsborough CA. There are two homes on Floribunda with dates in this range, 1800 and 1802. No information found that these are Wurster designs.


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1939 - The G. F. Morrill House, Los Altos CA. Nothing found.


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1939 - The James Moser House, Richmond CA. Nothing found.


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1939 - The Albert Petit House, Kent Woodlands CA.


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1939 - The Mabel Pierce House, Saratoga CA. Found a Mabel Pierce in the timeframe but no information on house.


1939 - The Alfred E. Raas House, 2240 Cowper Street, Palo Alto CA. Second story addition by Wurster in 1964. A patio was enclosed in 1982. Sold in 1962 to Jack and Mary Wheatley. Still owned by the Wheatley family. Google map shows the second story.


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1939 - The Leland Rosener House, Atherton CA. Alterations in 1946. I found the Rosener's living there but no address.


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1939 - The William Roth House.


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1939 - The Hannes Schroll House, Placer County CA. Hannes Schroll was an Austrian Alpine ski racer who was one of the founders of Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. This is likely one of the cabins Wurster designed. Have found none of the cabins, only the resort/lodge, which Wurster did design.


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1939 - The Vernon Scott House, Orinda CA. Nothing found.

1939 - The Grant Selfridge Apartment Renovation, 2090 Broadway, San Francisco CA.


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1939 - The Archie Stevenson House, Atherton CA. Additions in 1941.


Around 1938 - The Lawrence Strauss House, 8 Stonewall Road, Berkeley CA. Sold to Terry K & S Fowler. Sold in 1992 to Craig Holvoet. Sold in 2013 to Jenna and Andrew Brimmer.


1939 - The Jerd and Josephine Sullivan House, 19870 Lark Way, Saratoga CA. Additions in 1941, 1955, & 1957. In 1944 Thomas Church did an updated landscape. Sold to Malcolm and Justine Forbes since at least 1991.


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1939 - The Helen Trevor House, Berkeley CA. Possible address: 2436 Street, Berkeley. Trevor was living at this address in 1941. House was built in 1906, effective year built 1928, so it could have been alterations.


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1939 - The Lynn A Vietor House, Eureka CA. Unbuilt. The Vietor's commissioned John Yeon to design a Modernist house in 1941, which was completed.


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1939 - The Brooks Walker Ski Cabin, Sugar Bowl, Soda Springs CA.


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1939 - The John W. Watson House, Sausalito CA.


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1939 - The Gatis Yates House, San Francisco CA. In the 1942 directory he is listed in Los Altos, no address found.


1939 - The William Corbus House, 239 Felton Drive, Menlo Park CA. Additions 1944-48, remodel 1955-57. Sold to the Carolyn Betz Caloyeras and Virginia Betz Chomat Trust.


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1939 - The Darrow Palmer House, Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz, CA. Owned by the Seigle family or their trusts since at least 1972.


1940 - 41 - The Wakefield Baker House, 2750 Broadway, San Francisco CA. Alterations. Original home built in 1908. Sold to Peabody Estate. Sold in 2012 to Nancy Alder and Arnold Milstein.


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1940 - The S. W. Beeman House, Burlingame CA. Not found.


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1940 - The Alice M. Bellman House, 396 Diamond Street, San Francisco CA. Converted into townhomes addressed as 394-396 Diamond. Sold to John Jeffrey aDavis and William J Peters. Sold in 1995 to James V and Sandra Visser. Sold in 2001 to Fu Hua Chen. Sold in 2004 to Jeffrey Baker.


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1940 - The B. D. Burch House, Livermore CA. Not found.


1940 - The Alice and Marion Burr House, 1772 Vallejo Street, San Francisco CA. Additions. Original house built in 1875 for Ephraim Burr, then Mayor of San Francisco. Wurster designed assorted residential units on other parts of the property.


1940 - The John David Campbell House, 2920 Lake Street, San Francisco CA. Original house built in 1928 so must have been additions/alterations. Additions/alterations 1942 - 1953. Have one issue, the house was under a different owner after 1953 but still listed in Wurster's collection as alterations done for the Campbell house in San Francisco in 1963. Have a later house for him in Fairfax and Palo Alto by Wurster, so unclear if perhaps Campbell still owned and rented this one out. Sold in mid-1980's to John C. and Dorthea Stein.


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1940 - The Paul Case House, Piedmont CA. Alterations in 1942.


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1940 - The L. S. Connick House, Lafayette CA. 


1940 - The Martin and Francis Dinkelspiel House, 301 Ascot Road, Hillsborough CA. Sold in 1998 to Andrew and Wendy Klein.


1940 - The Ludwig Emge House, 109 Edgewood Avenue, San Francisco CA. House was built in 1908, possible alterations/additions. No permits showing that old. Dr. and Mrs. Emge bought the house in 1922 and were living there until Dr. Emge's death in February 1982 at age 96. Sold to James and Lititia Brown.

1940 - The James J. Farley House, 91 Stonewall Road, Berkeley CA. Sold to the Mishkin Trust. Sold in 2009 to Jonathan Westover.


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1940 - The Dr. Harold A and Virginia Fletcher House, Wolfe Grade, Kentfield CA. Dr. Fletcher passed in 1951, Virginia remarried in 1961.


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1940 - The R. P. Flint House, Woodside CA.


1940 - The James Flood House, 331 Greer Road, Woodside CA. None of the historical records of this house indicate that Wurster was the architect, although there are drawings and photographs in his collection. All reports just say that Flood built the house in 1941. Thomas Church is credited with the landscape, although reports read that Mrs. Flood was more in charge of the plantings, and most of the Church plants are no longer there. His signature oval pool was still there when it was sold. Mrs. Flood died in 2011 and the children put the home on the market for $85 million in 2013. After sitting on the market for 4 years, it was sold to an undisclosed buyer, 331 Greer Road, LLC for a mere $50 million.

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1940 - The John H. Furday House, Mill Valley CA. Nothing found.


1940 - The Eleanor Gardner House, 70 Arden Road, Berkeley CA. Sold to Howard Bryce. Sold in 2000 to Kathryn Kennedy. Included as a contributing property in the Panoramic Hill Historic District National Registry listing.


1940 - The Eugene Grau House, 470 School Street, Niles CA. Sold in 1965 to the City of Fremont to be a community center, still active in 2017. Dr. Grau also had Wurster design a new medical office and emergency clinic on Main Street. Said to be the first specifically designed medical services building in Niles, it is also still in use (couldn't find address.)


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1940 - The Millen Griffith House, 111 Upper Road, Ross CA. Additions by Wurster in 1948. Landscape by Lockwood DeForest. Sold in the early 1960's to Ed Chamberlain. Sold in c1967 to John H Chase. Sold in 1972 to Edward and Marjorie Ruff. Sold in 1990 to Thomas and Diane Durst. Sold to Astrid Deeth and Bo Stehlen. In 2011 a remodel with a small addition was approved. These included replacement windows, repair and replacement of exterior shingle siding, modifications to the roofline and east-facing 2nd floor deck, and creation of a new entrance on the lower level. Architect Steven Willrich presented the plans to the city. No photos. Even aerial only shows trees.


Sources include: Catherine Westergaard Cramer, The Houses of William Wurster by Brostrom and Peter.