Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Kaufmann, Gordon B., Architect (firm); Gordon Bernie Kaufmann (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

Hillsborough, CA

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Architectural historian, Ward Hill, indicated in an email conversation (02/25/2008) that Henderson married Jennie Crocker, daughter of the wealthy merchant, Charles Crocker, one of the "Big Four," who collaborated on the development of the Central Pacific Railroad. Henderson at this time was President of the Pacific Portland Cement Company, and his house was composed of cement blocks. This house may have been influential for the architect William Wurster, who, designed a house for Wellington Henderson also in Hillsborough, CA. Through this connection, Wurster may have seen or toured this work by Kaufmann. In the mid-1930s, began experimenting with cement block construction, as at his Robert Shaw House, Richmond Beach, CA, 1935, or Frank McIntosh House, Los Altos, CA, 1936.

PCAD id: 11242