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A house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades is reborn after a serious intervention by a modernist architect. David Baker’s carefully crafted rehabilitation kept the bones of the building intact, while letting in light and air and creating a new relationship between the structure and the street.

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  The kitchen and Baker's home office, which has artwork and inspiration pinned above the desk, are aligned behind sliding fiberglass-and-bamboo shoji screens. Devoid of cabinetry, the kitchen is fitted out with industrial cantilevered shelving from E-Z Shelving Systems in Kansas City. The red tiles behind the stove are from Heath Ceramics.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The kitchen and Baker's home office, which has artwork and inspiration pinned above the desk, are aligned behind sliding fiberglass-and-bamboo shoji screens. Devoid of cabinetry, the kitchen is fitted out with industrial cantilevered shelving from E-Z Shelving Systems in Kansas City. The red tiles behind the stove are from Heath Ceramics.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The office is aligned against one wall of the great room, behind a three-panel system of fiberglass-and-bamboo shoji screens that can be variously arranged according to the occasion and the degree of disarray.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The office is aligned against one wall of the great room, behind a three-panel system of fiberglass-and-bamboo shoji screens that can be variously arranged according to the occasion and the degree of disarray.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  David Baker sits on the Plyboo bed of his own design; it was fabricated by Julianna Sassaman.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    David Baker sits on the Plyboo bed of his own design; it was fabricated by Julianna Sassaman.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The bathroom glows with various shades of Turkish-style glass tiles (in Iris) from Galleria Tile in San Francisco; the custom nickel-plated hardware is from Chicago Faucets.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The bathroom glows with various shades of Turkish-style glass tiles (in Iris) from Galleria Tile in San Francisco; the custom nickel-plated hardware is from Chicago Faucets.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The living room is a comfortable melange of pieces Baker grew up with, such as the Robsjohn-Gibbings chaise, and ones he's added, such as the Frank Gehry Power Play club chair.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The living room is a comfortable melange of pieces Baker grew up with, such as the Robsjohn-Gibbings chaise, and ones he's added, such as the Frank Gehry Power Play club chair.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A dedicated cyclist, Baker suspends his bikes using a rope-and-pulley system. Paco Prieto of Pacassa Studios designed the small table on which the pumpkin rests; the dining table was designed by Baker and fabricated by Thomas Jameson. The painting is by local artist Rex Ray.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    A dedicated cyclist, Baker suspends his bikes using a rope-and-pulley system. Paco Prieto of Pacassa Studios designed the small table on which the pumpkin rests; the dining table was designed by Baker and fabricated by Thomas Jameson. The painting is by local artist Rex Ray.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The rain garden is framed by bamboo on one side and horsetail on the other. A filter fabric beneath the pebbles helps direct water from the roof into the planters and the ground, eliminating runoff.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The rain garden is framed by bamboo on one side and horsetail on the other. A filter fabric beneath the pebbles helps direct water from the roof into the planters and the ground, eliminating runoff.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  A spiral staircase descends from the glass deck to the rain garden, which replaced a concrete pad.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    A spiral staircase descends from the glass deck to the rain garden, which replaced a concrete pad.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Baker's winsome collection of dolls includes the behatted figure known in Czech folklore as the Hesterman, who drags naughty children to a watery demise.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Baker's winsome collection of dolls includes the behatted figure known in Czech folklore as the Hesterman, who drags naughty children to a watery demise.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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