A year after completing his seminal Palace of Fine Arts for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo, architect Bernard Maybeck built this soaring ‘English’ barn in California.
The Arts and Craft style Erlanger House was built in San Francisco in 1916 for SH Erlanger, and it mixes English and Japanese influences across three storeys. It’s said to be inspired by a 14th century Lancashire manor that Erlanger and his wife encountered on their travels, and the four-bedroom home Forest Hill home is full of unexpected spaces.
A red-brick exterior give way to timber panelled interiors decked out with ornate, hand-carved details and mouldings. The star of the show is a vast living room with open brick fireplace and soaring cathedral ceiling that rises to 20-ft-high.