Storybook was a short-lived architectural style popular in the 1920s.
Often called “Fairy Tale” or “Hansel and Gretel”, this Hollywood-inspired aesthetic is more properly known as Provincial Revivalism. It is characterized by a cinematic, aggressively medieval, gleefully asymmetric design sense. As a style, it was more or less finished off by the Great Depression; post-1930 examples are rare.
Oakland has several notable storybook enclaves:
- Picardy Drive near Mills College;
- Idora Park in north Oakland;
- Sheffield Ave. near the Central Reservoir; and
- Fruitvale Ave. north of Lyman Road are all good examples.