Award Winning Residences
The homes designed by Donald Olsen stand out as remarkably durable achievements within the Bay Area’s post-war architectural heritage. He's a pure "International Style" modernist in the tradition of the German Bauhaus designers of the 1920s, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier. He is one of a small handful of Bay Area architects to work in the style. Olsen's work was widely praised and published in architectural and popular magazines throughout his career.
Bill Finley, then the Director of Richmond's Department of Planning, put out a call for proposals demonstrating "good site use." Olsen's design was chosen and his good friend and often-used contractor, John Bewley, built the complex. Each unit features a patio, carport, front entrance, and sound walls. In keeping with Olsen's design aesthetic, notice the floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the front of the building.