The Thorsen House
The William Randolph Thorsen House was designed by the architects Henry Mather Greene and Charles Sumner Greene in style of the American Arts & Crafts in 1909. The house is considered one of the Greenes’ “Ultimate Bungalows,” and represents the peak of their unparalleled architectural style. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a California State Historic Landmark.
Located along Piedmont Way, one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s first residential streetscapes and itself a historic landmark, the wooden house is uniquely distinguished amongst its neighbors. The main entry is set apart from the street by a dramatic brick wall and double stairway, flanked on each side by elaborate iron lanterns and carefully-designed landscaping. Inside, the illusion is maintained by a rich attention to detail, including hand-painted friezes, iridescent art-glass, and exotic woods. The Thorsen House truly is a masterpiece of architecture, art, and interior design.