Alameda Residence

Location: Alameda, CA
Scope: Residential Remodel
Architect: Walter & Tomaro Architects, Inc.
Interior Designer: Studio L

Built in 1893 for insurance executive H.K. Field, this estate was transformed from its original Queen Anne style in the early 1930’s, according to fashions of the time, into its current Mediterranean form by then owner R.H. Swayne, a local shipping magnate (Swayne’s son built his own home around the same time, of similar style and with the same architects, Kent & Hass, nearby on Palmera Ct.).  The transformation included elimination of the 3rd floor that originally nestled under the steep Queen Anne roof lines, squaring of the footprints below, expansion of the basement level, and the addition of a porte cochere and garden pavilion.  Further cosmetic remodeling, over time, has given some interior spaces era-specific quirks of the 1950’s and 1970’s.  The home still sits on 1.5 acres of former Bayfront property.  It has changed hands a few times since the Swayne family’s original ownership, and has sat mostly empty for the last ~9 years.


The current project seeks to update the whole house with new finishes, and to expand its square footage through 3 additions and the further development of existing basement space, while maintaining the exterior Mediterranean character.  New features will also include an updated/expanded cabana, extensive outdoor terraces, and a comprehensive treatment of the private grounds.