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Normandy Village, an eight-unit apartment building a few steps from the University of California at Berkeley, is undoubtedly the magnum opus of William R. Yelland, the master of the Storybook Style in Northern California.  The complex was built during 1926-28 for Yelland’s friend, a Great War veteran named Colonel Jack W. Thornburg.  Thornburg, a student at the University of California at the time Yelland was commissioned, dreamed of building a unique residence for students and teachers patterned on villages he had seen in Northern France during the war.  Normandy Village is the realization of that dream.  With its collage of vernacular forms carefully arranged to suggest growth over time, the building is an almost comically exaggerated evocation of rural France, and is vintage Yelland throughout.  From the strutting rooster frescoed on the front gable to the outlandish fence with its array of suggestive slats, no detail escaped the architect’s finely-honed sensibilities.