This mid-century marvel boasts expansive views of the San Francisco Bay


This stunning 1951 mid-century marvel was reimagined by Richardson Pribuss Architects together with Sausalito Construction, located in Sausalito, a seaside town in Marin County, California. Sometimes an unfortunate event can be the catalyst for a great reinvention.

In the case of this home, an unfortunate car fire in the driveway ignited a renovation journey that breathed fresh vitality into a timeless residence. Originally envisioned by the esteemed architect George Rockrise in 1951, this 2,200-square-foot abode boasts panoramic vistas of the captivating San Francisco Bay.


The house’s illustrious pedigree and prime location provided Richardson Pribuss Architects with a solid foundation from which to envision an expertly crafted and captivating reinvention.


While the original structure, spanning 1,600 square feet, exuded an elegant yet cozy charm, the homeowners yearned for additional living space and a more seamless flow within.

Above: In the living room, furnishings include a CH07 shell chair by Hans Wegner via Carl Hansen & Son and a Warren Platner coffee table.


Richardson Pribuss Architects took meticulous care in crafting fresh perspectives that showcased the intimate landscape in juxtaposition to the grandeur of the Bay.


The kitchen underwent a thoughtful reconfiguration, embracing contemporary living while harmonizing with the rest of the residence. A newfound connection was forged between the kitchen and a rear patio cooking area, harnessing the allure of the lush surroundings.


This hidden oasis was embraced by a sinuous yet sturdy concrete wall, artfully encasing the secret garden. Concrete elements further punctuated the property, transforming the parking area and retaining portions of the landscape.


The interiors underwent a sophisticated upgrade, commencing with the installation of new windows and doors throughout. Given the homeowners’ previous ownership of a photography gallery, their elegant collection of black and white photographs served as the muse for an interior palette infused with monochromatic sensibilities.


Above: In the dining room, the dining table is by Warren Platner, while the Violin Chairs are from Design Within Reach. The light fixture suspended over the table is the Nelson bubble pendant light from Herman Miller.



What We Love: This renovation of this fabulous home preserves the midcentury aesthetic while establishing a seamless indoor/outdoor connection and capturing scenic views of the garden and San Francisco Bay. Overall, the new design meets the owner’s lifestyle needs, providing them with new entries from both the street and their bedroom suite. Large windows help to flood the interiors with natural light while connecting with the beautiful gardens that were created outdoors.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the transformation of this mid-century marvel? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of California: An old sea captain’s house beautifully transformed in Sausalito and Cliff house features spectacular walls of glass in Sausalito.



By introducing a new guest bedroom and repurposing the existing fire-damaged garage into an owner’s suite, the snug dwelling was able to gracefully expand its boundaries.




When presented with the opportunity to restore a home with such a rich lineage, the architect understood their responsibility in preparing this timeless masterpiece for its next chapter in life.


PHOTOGRAPHER Thibault Cartier

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S Bellis
11 months ago

Absolutely love the interior of the house. Can you please let me know what color white was used on the interior walls?