A design/build team led by San Carlos-based Gonsalves & Stronck Construction recently completed a historical rehabilitation to one of Woodside’s oldest and most significant equestrian properties.
The Folger Estate Stable, together with the other buildings that formed the grand country estate of the coffee magnate James A. Folger II, was designed in 1905 by Arthur Brown Jr., famous for later work including San Francisco City Hall, Coit Tower and other California landmarks.
Even in this youthful work, Brown’s Beaux-Arts training and personal genius is clearly evident in a design that draws upon 17th-century French Baroque, with Craftsman influences.
Additional design consultants on the project included Adolph S. Rosekrans Architects, Camissa & Wipf, McCracken & Woodman, E.G. Hirsch & Associates and MacLeod & Associates.
Major structural repairs included stone foundation work, replacement columns, truss tension rods, dormer supports and roof rafter replacement. Wherever possible, construction methods and framing matched that of the original building utilizing salvaged wood and materials.