Ctrl-F to search within page
Enjoy browsing, but unless otherwise noted, these houses are private property and closed to the public -- so don't go tromping around uninvited.
BEVERLEY DAVID THORNE (1924-)
Thorne grew up in Piedmont CA. At age 9, he designed his first house near Auburn CA and helped his grandfather build it. After four years as an Air Force pilot, Thorne studied architecture at UC Berkeley, graduating in 1950. He worked for David S. Johnson and then spent almost two years traveling through Europe and the Middle East.
Starting in 1953 he worked for architect Roger Lee. Thorne met musician Dave Brubeck and designed Brubeck a house on the side while still employed with Lee.
In 1954, Thorne went out on his own. The Brubeck house catapulted him into mostly unwanted fame. His notoriety attracted rich clients but distanced him from the kinds of clients he wanted - simple souls desiring inexpensive homes. He deliberately dropped out of sight with an unlisted phone number and changed his professional name from David to Beverley.
In the 1980's, he resurfaced and practices primarily from Hawaii. His three children David, Stephen, and Kevin are all architects or landscape architects.
Thorne is the last living architect to have participated in Arts & Architecture's famous Case Study Houses, a project which first introduced modern architecture to the public on a large scale. He designed over 150 houses, most on steep hillsides and built out of steel.
If you know of other Thorne houses, please contact us.
1948 - The Ted ?? House, Thorne's first house was built with college friend Donn Weaver, Berkeley or Walnut Creek CA area. According to Thorne in 2015, the project was while they were at University and the clients were friends of the Brubecks. Status unknown. Do you know where it is?
1954 - The Dave and Iola Brubeck House, aka the Heartwood House, aka Brubeck West, 6630 Heartwood Drive, Oakland-Northwest Hills CA. Commissioned 1949. Built by Art Houvanitz. The result was so breathtaking that Ed Sullivan did a show featuring the Brubeck Quartet at the house. Thorne and his wife Patricia lived there for three months during construction. Sold in 1994 to Christianne and Michael Cheney.
Around 1954 - The Beverley Thorne Renovation, 2687 Las Aromas, Oakland CA. House where sons Steve, David, and Kevin grew up. Thorne created a giant steel volume with huge sliding glass doors.
1954 - The Harry C. Nail, Jr. House, 78 Deodora Drive, Atherton CA. Consulting Engineer, Carl Replogle. Nail was an art dealer. Built by John Davenport. 2000 sf. Sold in 1995 to Evan S. and Carol P. Collins.
1955 - The Eugene K. and Helen Lawlor House, 8410 Betty Lane, El Cerrito CA. Sold in 2010 to Rajesh Behl and Gayatri Chugh.
1957 - The Ray D. Nichols House, 23 Sequoyah View Drive, Oakland CA. Upon opening, a helicopter landed on the roof, and it remained open to the paying public for months as a tourist attraction with proceeds going to charity. Built by Ray D. Nichols. Sold to Augustus Moore, Jr. Larger photos by Andrea Minton.
1957 - The Rock Logan House, 15835 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland CA. Logan was an architect and part owner of the Oakland Raiders. Sold to Sarah L. Lawrence. Sold in 2002 to Leopold and Lottie Lynch.
1959 - The Robert K. and Dorothy Adamson House, 1545 Campus Drive, Berkeley CA. Commissioned 1957. Sold for the first time in 2014. Will be remodeled. Photos by Andrea Minton.
1959 - The H. D., Paul, and Mary Bartlett House, 41984 Radio Lane, Auberry CA, near Huntington Lake. Won a 1959 American Iron and Steel Institute Award. For sale for the first time in 2017.
1959 - Lot 33, Gulf Harbor Planned Community.
1960 - The Dave Brubeck House, aka Brubeck East, 221 Millstone Road, Wilton CT. For sale?
1960 - The Jeff Cabot House, aka California Bahamas Trust House, Lot 17, Santa Barbara CA. Do you know where it is?
1962 - The John and Nora B. Dennis House, 69 Marlin Avenue, Mill Valley CA. Structural Engineer, Montgomery and Davis. Steel by American Steel Corporation. Burned down in 1969 and rebuilt in 1970.
1962 - The Bill and Berniece Hull House, aka Halloween House, aka Flying Nun House, aka Bat Wing House, aka Apple Valley Arts Foundation Center, Apple Valley CA. Built by Wright C. Kemp. Featured a concrete circular stairway. Do you know where it is?
1963 - The Harrison House, aka the H. Harrison Fuller house, aka Case Study House #26, aka the Ketchum House, aka the Bethlehem Steel House, 177 San Marino Drive, San Rafael CA. Commissioned in early 1962 for Fuller but he decided not to move in. Built by 20th Century Homes. Don Moyer was the structural engineer. Sold to Gary and Renee Ketchum. 1955 sf. Sold in 2015 to architect Cord Struckman who did a thoughtful remodel. House website.
1963 - The Frank A. Norton and Hermann Kaufmann House, aka Norton House, aka Kaufmann House, 55 Alhambra Court, Portola Valley CA. Sold to Michael J. Nuttal.
1964 - The Loren J. Westhaver House, 77-6548 Alii Drive, Kona HI. The house is built entirely of steel, and was erected and welded together by both Thorne and Westhaver themselves. Has been sold and modified.
1964 - The Carleton House, Oakland CA. Near Mountain Gate Road. Do you know where it is?
1965 - The John Newland House, aka Santa Ana House, Tustin CA. Built. Do you know where it is?
1966 - House on Curtis Street, Berkeley CA. Do you know where it is? Needs verification.
1966 - The Bernard (Barney) E. and Gloria E. Gherini Olsen House, 2727 Round Hill Drive, Alamo CA, near Danville. Commissioned in 1965. Sold in 2004 to Jerome and Linda Loston. Updated in 2015.
1966 - The Neil Prunty House, Chelton Drive, Oakland CA. Featured huge steel tubes. Destroyed in a 1967 landslide, along with the house of a neighbor, Vincent Bjorklunds. The house was so strong it moved as a whole down the landslide before it crashed.
1969 - The Roy Price House, 219 High Eagle Road, formerly named 219 Gay Court, Alamo CA. Remodelled 1970. There was an addition behind the carport. Sold. Sold to the Hui family in 1994; still owners as of 2016. Addition in 2016. Photos by Susan Fior.
1970 - The Dallas Wright Remodel, near the Dave Brubeck House West, near Heartwood Road. Do you know where it is?
1972 - The Wally Runswick House, aka the Music House, 38 Sunset Lane, Berkeley CA. Sold to Alice Pasqualetti and her husband. Sold in 1996 to Sandra Soderlund and Herbert Bielawa.
1974 - The Skip and Kathi Cutter House, on Grizzly Park or Skyline Boulevard, Oakland CA. Do you know where it is? Burned down in 1991. The Cutters had a pet mountain lion caged under the house's huge cantilever.
1990 - The Sara and Ivan May House, 3656 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette CA. Son Steve Thorne assisted in design and construction management. Landscape design by son David Thorne. Sold in 1997 to Robert G. Johnson, Jr. and Margaret A. Liu.
1991 - The Thorne Family House Renovation, aka Greenwood, Auburn/Placer County CA. Original 1925 designers were Thorne's father and Helen Jean Astikk.
1994 - The John and Sue Layng House, near Happy Valley Road, Lafayette CA. Project architect Steve Thorne; did not involve Beverley Thorne. David Thorne did the landscape design. Sold to Tim and Mary Hartfield. Do you know where it is?
1995 - The Jerry and Beverly Kram House, Piedmont CA. Do you know where it is?
1995 - The Lee Ann Huntington Remodel, across from the Legion of Honor, San Francisco CA. Landscape architect, David Thorne. Do you know where it is?
1996 - The Kem and Renee Kantor House, 21 Deer Oaks Court, Pleasanton CA. Landscape architect, David Thorne. Still owned by the Kantor family as of 2015.
1996 - The Kantor Barn, Danville CA. Unfinished. Do you know where it is?
1996 - The David Sborov House, Pleasanton CA. Do you know where it is?
1997 - The Cal and Betty Habstrom House, Orinda CA. Do you know where it is?
1997 - The Carolyn Paradise and Jim Warynan House, aka Paradise House, Point Richmond CA. Landscape designer, Nancy Kent. Do you know where it is?
1997 - The Pat and Walt Ellis House, Kensington CA. Do you know where it is?
Around 1965 - The Yabumoto House, Japan. Status unknown. Do you know where it is?
Around 2000 - The Warren Miller Teahouse, Lafayette CA. Do you know where it is?
Around 2000 - The John Rosa House, Lot 62, Lakewood Knolls, Douglas County NV. Do you know where it is?
Around 2000 - The Eichler Sorino Addition, Palo Alto CA. Do you know where it is?
Around 2000 - The Goforth Cabin, location unknown, status unknown. Do you know where it is?
2016 - The Edward (Ed) Baker House, aka the Millennium House, 6333-6335 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland CA. Named because Baker wanted a house that would last 1,000 years. Commissioned in 2000. 4000 sf. Bottom photo by Lee Suzuki. Construction started in 2006 and as of 2016 it was not yet complete.