Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Saph, A.V., Structural Engineer (firm); Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons (WBE), Architects (firm); Theodore C. Bernardi (architect); Donn Emmons (architect); Lawrence Halprin (landscape architect); Augustus V. Saph Jr. (structural engineer); William Wilson Wurster (architect)

Dates: constructed 1947-1948

2 stories

254 Cleveland Avenue
Almonte, Mill Valley, CA 94941-3514

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Building History

Donn Emmons and his wife, Nancy, moved into this house c. 1948. He designed and built three virtually identical houses on Cleveland Avenue at the same time. Gryffyd Partidge, the architect, lived in the southernmost one and Emmons's contractor named Arian lived in the northernmost. The three purchased two hillside lots for $1,000, splitting the cost three ways. They divided the lots into thirds, each house occupying three-quarters of an acre.

By 2011, the house, still owned by the Emmons Family, was rented to Charles DeLisle and Ralph Dennis, both designers. A 2014 story in theNew York Times chronicled their efforts to rent the house and their interior design for it. (See Rima Suqi, "Polishing the Imperfections," New York Times, 07/23/2014.)

Architect's own house; Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons Job #4727. Emmons was the lead designer on his own house.

Emmons made an addition to the house in 1955; WBE Job #5521.

PCAD id: 5901