Roos House

Dinwiddie, John Elkins
Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Building Type:
2660 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA
Current Name:
Roos House
Current Use:
Single-family Residential
Current Condition:
Not Listed
The only San Francisco example of John Dinwiddie's residential work, the Roos House of 1938 is clearly inspired by early European Modernism; the rigorous cubic massing and horizontal ribbon windows are signatures of high modernist design. The use of vertical board and batten wood siding and white-painted window frames, however, places it within the Bay Area tradition. The design responds to the local environment spatially and formally: intertwined interior and exterior spaces, and a roof garden integrate the plan with the site, and canted double-height bay window, aimed at the Golden Gate Bridge, presents a distinctive feature, one that would later be much imitated.

Selected Bibliography:
Gebhard, David, Robert Winter and Eric Sandweiss. The Guide to Architecture in San Francisco and Northern California. Layton, Utah: Gibbs-Smith, 1985.

Wiley, Peter Booth. National Trust Guide--San Francisco: America's Guide for Architecture and History Travelers. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2000.

Woodbridge, Sally (Editor). Bay Area Houses. Layton Utah: Gibbs M. Smith, Inc., 1988.

Woodbridge, Sally B. and John M. Woodbridge. San Francisco Architecture: The Illustrated Guide to Over 1,000 of the Best Buildings, Parks, and Public Works in the Bay Area. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1992.



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