Oakland, California (Normandy Gardens), c. 1926. Contractor R.C. Hillen worked with architect W.W. Dixon from 1922 to 1926, publishing "The Home Designer and Garden Beautiful", a magazine of Storybook house styles of 'old world architecture'. Hillen built a picturesque tract of these homes in Oakland, each with a different façade but many with similar floor plans. This home combines references to a castle with its unusual, crenellated roof life, along with exposed timbering on the upper gable and a prominent turret for English country house charm.
At Oakland’s Normandy Gardens, contractor R.C. Hillen created a dazzling array of variations on a mere handful of W. W. Dixon’s basic floor plans, conjuring up this delightfully differentiated streetscape.