Category: ‘Whole building’

King’s Way going away

September 1, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

The King’s Way motel will soon be no more. Construction fences are up, and looks like a soon-to-be demo site.

The King’s Way MOTEL sign is a classic. Hoping the City of Santa Clara is considering this a historic resource and encouraging a salvage to a new location.King's Way Motel

Demolition zone – SJMN 3/6/2014

March 6, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

The feature story in the March 6, 2014 Mercury News is all about Silicon Valley housing demolitions. The article, by columnist Pete Carey, chronicles the emerging trend on the San Francisco Peninsula towards scraping and building new single family homes. Not really news, but still getting a lot of reader’s eyeballs, as most homeowners throughout the region dread the day that  their neighbor builds that new “monster house” next door, unless of course that homeowner is hoping to cash in on a quick sale to someone with similar inclinations.

No apparent salvage going on here. Most local cities have some kind of recycling ordinance in place, but most of this stuff is bulking up our landfills.

Twitter’s Log Houses

March 4, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

There is much to be liked about Twitter’s log houses being installed in their San Francisco headquarters on Market Street, reported in the Marin Independent Journal on March 4, 2014. Salvaged by Novato contractor Karl Beckmann and the design put together by Lundberg Design, the two 20′ x 20′ late nineteenth century log cabins from Montana will be an exciting centerpiece of the dining area at the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1930s Art Deco building.

Montana cabin going to Twitter headquarters in San Francisco

What caught my attention was this quote near the end of the article:

We’ve used the notion of the forest as a nice tie-in with Twitter and its bird log….to me the log cabins fit into that since, obviously, they’re made from logs that come from the forest. It’s also about using natural materials. There’s something nice about the character of the real wood. Visually there’s a patina of age. It isn’t something fake. It’s real. It’s reclaimed. It’s got some history to it, just as the building has history to it. One of the nice things about reusing old materials is that there is a story that comes with them.


Strata Design Studio

February 20, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Architect associate John Tabuena-Frolli AIA has recently expanded his proprietorship and can now be reached via his website:

John has been a “building salvage guy” for a long time; his interest stems from his expertise as a building conservator. We will include him in our list of sources. He has worked on a number of whole house relocations, and is a member of the board of the California-Nevada Barn Alliance.

160 East St. John Street demolition

February 14, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Demolition of 160 East St. John Street as of Friday, February 14, 2014.

160 E St. John St demolition starting

February 11, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

The Allen Apartment Building Annex at 160 East St. John St. is undergoing asbestos remediation in preparation for demolition. This 4-unit building was damaged on the west side when the landmark Donner-Houghton House was destroyed by fire.  The architect has not been identified, although likely it was Charles McKenzie after he separated his partnership with Frank Delos Wolfe. The building has similar features found on other buildings he designed during the early years of the second decade of the twentieth century.

Midpen Housing will be building on this site, as well as on the old Donner-Houghton House site. The City of San Jose gave clearance to demolish the building a few years ago, and Mid-pen recently filed for permits. The permit states that mitigation will take place after the demolition, so looks like there won’t be any salvage activities going on.

Allen Apartments


The following two photos were taken on New Year’s  Eve, 1998.

160 E St. John St.

160 E St. John St.

Century 24 demolition

February 9, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Shared from Heather David on Facebook:

Century 24 demolition thumbnail

Bye Bye Century 24 – Well, it’s done. The end of an era at Century 24.

Video by Kym MacKnight Mulligan

Little Italy San Jose

February 7, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

From Little Italy San Jose‘s Facebook page.:

Little Italy has our “Development permit” sign up and ready to submit our final plans for the “Little Italy Cultural center & Museum” later this month. We have so many In Kind donors, but need a Structural Engineer, Plumber, and contractor to assist with the Foundation ASAP.

via Little Italy San Jose.

California-Nevada Barn Alliance

February 5, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Associate John Tabuena-Frolli, AIA, forwarded information about a non-profit he is active in: The California-Nevada Barn Alliance. Preservation of these structures has long been a problem, and the CNBA is dedicated to helping individuals, families, towns, and historical societies develop knowledge and action plans for their preservation efforts.

The most recent barn to be studied by Archives & Architecture, LLC was the Ca. 1920s Fountain Oaks Horse Barn on Carey Lane outside Morgan Hill, California. The site is under development, and the owners intend to preserve the barn as a part of the larger planned development.

Fountain Oaks Horse Barn

Fountain Oaks Horse Barn

A little barn’s yarn

February 4, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Sunset Magazine’s “Small Space, Big Dreams Home Awards” contest is in full swing. The contest is now closed to new entries. There are 306 contestants posted on the Sunset website. By March 1, the list of finalists will be published, and public voting will take place online during March with winners notified April 15.

Amandas barn

My money is on Amanda’s Little Barn in the One Room Wonder category. Besides being a “salvage” decorator’s masterpiece, I had the opportunity to visit it last December – and it’s as cute as it looks. Be sure to check out all six of the side photos. The dog in photo #1 is Benagain.

By the way, Archives & Architecture recently scored 32 old Sunset Magazine issues from 1930-1943. We got them from a collector in Oakland who had advertised on We are on the hunt for more. If you know of a stash, let us know.