AKA: Skyfarm, Hillsborough, CA; Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Brown, Arthur, Jr., and Associates, Architect (firm); Lerner and Associates, Architects (firm); Arthur Brown Jr. (architect); Arnold Lerner (architect)

Dates: constructed 1929-1930

2 stories

6565 Skyline Boulevard
Hillsborough, CA 94010

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Building History

William Willard Crocker (1893-1964) , the son of the San Francisco banker William Henry Crocker (1861–1937), retained the respected San Francisco architect Arthur Brown, Jr., (1874-1957) to design this new suburban residence in 1928. Crocker's previous Hillsborough, CA, residence, a wood-frame building erected in the 1890s, burned in 1928, while he and his family traveled in Europe. On his return, he commissioned a new, fire-proof dwelling, one that used insulated steel reinforcing, from Brown, who had recently split with his long-time partner, John Bakewell, Jr. In the 1960s, the house was donated for use as the Nueva School, an educational institution for gifted students.

Building Notes

Skyfarm originally occupied a 500-acre estate that was subsequently whittled down through sub-division.


Remodeling and renovation at the Nueva School occurred in 2007-2008, supervised by architects Lerner and Associates. According to this firm's web site: "The work took place between 2007-08 and included a seismic upgrade, disabled access modifications, constructing a new classroom, acoustical modifications, and other minor renovations of the building. Services included negotiations with the Chief Building Official on the use of equivalent facilitation for approving hardships for building accessibility as well as for life safety. A hydraulic elevator and inclined platform lift were installed, an entrance remodeled for accessibility, and bathrooms, classrooms, and assembly spaces remodeled. The general contractor was Herrero Contractors Inc. " (See Lerner and Associates.com, "Nueva School, Hillsborough, California,"Accessed 06/30/2011.)

PCAD id: 10463