Substance Architecture

Mankins Camp Residence

San Francisco, California

This San Francisco home, designed by noted Frank Lloyd Wright associate Aaron Greene, was renovated for a Management Consultant and his Pathologist partner. The house had fallen victim to four decades of ill-fated remodeling and had no clear organization and only glimpses of the original character.

Research revealed that the original design had placed the building’s largely solid "serving" spaces toward the street-side of the home, reserving the panoramic views for the "served" spaces. This logic was extended in the remodeling. The stair was reoriented to the side of the entry hall, simplifying the circulation on both levels. The plan became a series of continuous spaces—fitting the lifestyle of the homeowners. The stunning view, previously under-utilized, now animates nearly every space in the home.

Firm of record Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck where Paul Mankins was Principal-in-Charge
Photography by Farshid Assassi / Assassi Productions


Grand Award, 2004
Residential Architect

Merit Award, 2004
Custom Home


Another 100 of the World's Best Houses, 2004
Iowa Architect, 2004:250
Custom Home, September/October 2004
Residential Architect, May 2004
Renovation Style, 2004
Kitchen and Bath Business, 2004
dsm, November 2003

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