The Emmons House

Mill Valley, California
Location
  • Mill Valley, California
  • Year
  • 1949
  • Square Feet
  • 1300
  • This project page was created by community member The Office of Charles de Lisle

    A 1949 architect's shed up on the hill above Richardson Bay in Marin, California. The humble 1300-square-foot "tree house" was designed and built by a young Donn Emmons as a first personal residence for his new family. The house was truly experimental for its time—a main square floor plan with a small open sleeping loft and open kitchen. The true beginning of "small house" regionalism in the Bay Area, this house was an important example of a new style of a paired-down, rural barn language imagined in a modern aesthetic.

    Constructed simply, the structure is made up of concrete slab floors, cedar posts, cedar-clad interior walls, and exterior cedar shingles. The main elevation has 18 feet of operable, orange painted framed glass with facing views of Oakland across the bay. The original landscape was designed by Lawrence Halprin. Unbelievably, almost everything in the house is original—down to the kitchen paper towel holder and the repurposed WWII ship ladder to get to the second level.

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

    Photography by Matthew Millman

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    The Office of Charles de Lisle
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    The Office of Charles de Lisle, specializing in artisan designed furnishings, lifestyle, lighting & art advisory services for the home. Projects from our San Francisco office reach from California to as far as the Pacific Northwest, Montana, New York & the Hawaiian Islands. The Charles de Lisle Workshop developed from Charles’ successful years as creative director, principal & partner at the design firm De lisle, Philpotts & Staub. Our office continues to assist our clients in achieving beautiful, quality residences, vacation homes, hotels and restaurants. The idea of a workshop has evolved though an eighteen year history of creating ceramics, metalwork, custom furniture, product design, branding and collaborative design consultation. Modern and elegant, our workshop translates traditional ideas in living into modern, playful and vibrant experiences.
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