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mid-c stack san mateo, ca

firm / tekton architecture Principal Architect / james walbridge project type / residential PHOTOGRApher / Douglas Johnson

When James Wallbridge first visited the mid-century home, he found it quite altered from its original design. Built by Frank Lloyd Wright pupil Mogie Mogensen, the home’s modern aesthetic had been hacked, the open spaces had been boarded up, and a poorly-planned addition had been tacked on out back. The problems were so many that Wallbridge decided to concentrate on two key goals: to restore the home to its previous modern glory, and to make it a livable, enjoyable space for the new homeowners, a close-knit family of five. “In order to give them the end result they were looking for while respecting the house, we were going to have to be very surgical and delicate in how we approached it,” Walbridge says.


He started by bulldozing the awful addition. Then, Wallbridge added a second floor space, with a master bedroom, bath, and deck that provides a little privacy for the parents of three. Back on the first floor, he carved out a central living space that enables the family to spend time together, and built out a grand, open kitchen that complies with modern building codes. And Walbridge managed to do this all while the family lived on site. “When we started construction, they erected a yurt in the yard and lived between the remaining kitchen and bathroom for over a year,” he says. The finished home functions like a perfect contemporary home but still looks like its polished modern self. Mogensen, a supporter of both form and function, would be proud. —maggie lange



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