I love craftsman architecture, the natural elements of wood and stone at its heart, the whimsical artistic flourishes reflected in the decorative and woodcut art of the same period (early 1900s), the functional nooks and crannies, and a pleasing solidness to the structures. It’s a very warm and charming style. The original British creator of craftsman style, William Morris, was responding to the dehumanizing utility of the industrial revolution, so the best craftsman homes are an homage to nature–a sort of English garden fairyland nature–that produces a feeling both fanciful and secure.
Fortunately for admirers of the form like myself, there are a number of craftsman buildings found throughout Northern California. One of the most remarkable I’ve come across is the Swedenborgian Church on the corner of Lyon and Washington near the Presidio. Continue reading A craftsman original: for the love of Swedenborg