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Historic Home Plans --- Craftsman Homes --- Bernard Maybeck's Gates House

Bernard Maybeck home plan

Gates House by Bernard Maybeck - 1904

Maybeck's playful synthesis of Arts & Crafts ideals with Swiss and Italian details
$60 - 10 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 33' x 53'
3 Stories, 4 Bedrooms, 3 baths
Built in 1904, San Jose, California
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1980


Gates House by Bernard Maybeck - 1904

In the Gates Residence of 1904 Bernard Maybeck fused his unique approach to the Arts & Crafts ideal with a mixture of popular decorative idioms, notably Swiss Chalet and Italian style. The spaces inside all flow from the main entry and stair hall which is set half way between the first and second floors. The first floor contains the kitchen, dining room, a study and small sitting room. The second floor focuses around a grand living room and music room. There is also a bedroom and bath on this level. The third level, which tucks under the eaves almost like an attic, contains 3 bedrooms, 1 and potentially 2 baths and a playspace. The house gives the impression, from the exterior, of being only 2 stories but is actually three.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. These plans are ideal for a flat or low sloping site. This house would be comfortable in a suburban or country setting. This house has outside dimensions of approximately 33' x 53'.

  • Building name:      Gates ResidenceHouse

  • Designer/Architect:      Bernard Maybeck

  • Date of construction:      1904

  • Location:      San Jose, CA

  • Style:      Arts & Crafts Style

  • Number of sheets:      10 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, information, notes

  • Site Plan, 1/8" = 1'-0"

  • 3 sheets of Floor Plans, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 3 sheets of Elevations, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 1 sheet, Sections, 1/4" = 1'-0"

  • 1 sheet, Details, 3/4" = 1'-0"

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated by the Historic American Building Survey in 1980.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Craftsman Style building, not a pseudo-Crafsman tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (CR004)

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