Monte Sereno Estate
Historical Mediterranean Eclectic/Renaissance Revival

This classic example of Mediterranean Eclectic/Renaissance Revival style was quite popular in the 1920's, and was originally designed in 1924 by famed architect Henry A. Minton for Armando Pedrini (one of the founders of Bank of Italy/Bank of America). H.A. Minton also designed the Bank of Italy Tower in downtown San Jose and the BofA Annex on The Alameda at around the same time.

The current owners wished to add 1,200 sq. ft. yet preserve the exterior architectural integrity of this original masterpiece of early California Design. Exhaustive searches before and during construction by the homeowners yielded antique "della robias" (round, colorful ceramic decorative medallions located above the doors), rustic antique wood doors, and reclaimed steel frame windows, all of which preserve the flavor and spirit of the original.

The interior design however, was a different story. The homeowners' intense passion for art drove the design, and we were able to take a distinctly more modern approach. Rich wall textures of plaster and stone create a sturdy backdrop for their powerful and unique art collection. A veritable melange of "found" objects were fashioned into doors, light fixtures, cabinets, wall panels, and trim features. Together with their unique and eclectic furnishings, animal skins, and tribal masks, the end result imparts a thoroughly modern, yet warm and earthy ambiance that delights the senses at every turn.

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