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Property Name Whifler. William A., House
Reference Number 16000096
State California
County San Mateo
Town Burlingame
Street Address 1544 Drake Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/22/2016
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The William A. Whifler House is eligible for the National Register at the local level of significance under Criterion C in the area of Architecture. The house embodies the distinctive characteristics of a mid-century California modernist residence, possesses high artistic values, and represents the work of master architect William Whifler. The home's well-crafted, cohesive use of wood, steel, masonry, and glass, interior rooms and improved outdoor spaces, including the Japanese garden in the house's front yard, coexist with one another through the extensive use of floor-to-ceiling planes of transparent glazing. With the notable exception of the peaked living room roof, ceilings and roof areas are horizontal planes that project expansively and appear to float above the walls. Widely cantilevered eaves enhance the effect by extending into the interior of the house to create soffits that contain integral down light fixtures. The size and shape of the William Whifler House allow a harmonious union with the site and its setting and make it somewhat rare in the mid -Peninsula communities of San Mateo, Burlingame, and Hillsborough where large homes are typical. The period of significance is 1958, the year of construction.

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