Bay Area historic renovation Contractors

Bay Area Historic Home Renovation, Remodeling, and Restoration

Around 1905, coffee magnate James Folger Jr commissioned architect Arthur Brown Jr. to design the Folger Estate in Woodside. Arthur Brown Jr., Berkeley graduate and Bernard Maybeck protégé, designed prominent landmark buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area such as San Francisco City Hall, Coit Tower, and Stanford Hoover Tower. This 13,000-square-foot country home estate with 37 rooms previously included the Folger stable historic site, now in Wunderlich Park and on the National Register of Historical Places. Impressed by Bill Fry’s ability to procure materials for historic conservation, the owner hired Bill for multiple home remodeling projects, such as a kitchen remodel and expansion, custom cabinetry and columns, and architectural elements in outdoor living areas. Another historic renovation project was the 1851 Johnson House in Santa Clara. This Greek Revival home was originally framed with local redwood and finished with pre-cut lumber shipped around Cape Horn from Maine. Historic restoration included major structural stabilization, replacement of historically appropriate sash windows, and interior remodel. In order to replicate existing trim, a temporary woodshop was installed onsite.