Hank Dunlop

Hank Dunlop is an associate professor at CCA who has been working in the consulting / preservation / restoration field since the 1960s. He is noted for his expertise in 19th and early 20th-century California interiors and their context within the United States.

On September 23, 2008, IIDA Northern California bestowed the Leadership Award of Excellence to Dunlop. He was honored for his contributions to IIDA and our community on a local level, elevating his profession through his leadership in design and education.

Dunlop is currently working on a report to review the conditions of the historic furnishings for the Larkin House Historic Park in Monetary, California. This important California interior was originally the home/business of Oliver Larkin, the first U.S. Consulate to the Mexican government in Alta California, and was refurnished and decorated by his granddaughter—becoming an icon of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style in America.

A revisit to the Antonio Peralta Historic Park in Oakland, California is also in the works, completing the work Dunlop did on that building several years ago.

Creating the furnishing plan/report for the David Glass House project was completed in 2007. This report reflects the Glass family's occupancy in its San Ramon, California, farmhouse from its building in 1877 to 1931. The interiors reflected the Glass family' frugal life in the home while spending any surplus money in developing the farm. This site's goal is to aid in the teaching of California history to the school children of San Ramon.

From 2002–06 Dunlop served as "historic" interiors consultant on the restoration of the award-winning [California Preservation Foundation: 2006 Trustees Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, The Victorian Society in America's Preservation Award (2007), and the 2007 California Governor's Historic Preservation Award.] Leland Stanford Mansion State Park in Sacramento. His responsibilities included the overseeing of the historic accuracy of all aspects of the interiors and furnishings; advising on the conservation of the collections (1850s through 1900); and further researching and purchasing of furnishings and decorative arts for the mansion.

Past Projects

1) Review of the furnishings and interiors of the historic Sanchez Adobe, in Pacifica, California, with ARG for the master plan.

2) The furnishing plan and interior finishes for the interiors of the Antonio Peralta House at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park—a site dating from 1820 to the 1890s in Oakland. (This project included extensive research into the California period. Interiors, furnishings, decorative arts, and social customs were examined to clarify the picture of this pre-Yankee California period.)

3) The kitchen wing of 1869 Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park that is another restoration project involving research in the early California period.

4) Continued consulting for the Johnston House Foundation on the 1854 Johnston House in Half Moon Bay—a project started in the 1980s.

All projects build on a unique understanding of California interiors and furnishings. Dunlop's understanding of California interiors is seen in the introduction of the recent publication The White House of Half Moon Bay.

His article "Living with Antiques: The Brune-Reutlinger House, San Francisco" concerning an important restored San Francisco Victorian appeared in the magazine Antiques. Past lectures include "The Painted Lady Revisited" for the painting symposium Painting the Town Victorian and "American Interiors from the 1890s to the 1920s" for the Preservation League of Oregon. Additional lectures on 19th century California interiors include "Ethnic Influences on California Interiors," "The A. A. Cohen's: Connoisseurs, Collectors or Social Climbers?" "A California Treasure: The Rich Veins of Material at the Cohen/Bray House," and "The A. A. Cohen's Alameda home Fernside."

An article "Fernside, The Estate of Alfred A. Cohen & Emilie Gibbons Cohen" was published in 19th Century. Dunlop continues to research 19th and 20th -century interiors and furniture, particularly as it pertains to California.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, the list of prestigious programs to his credit includes Winterthur, Winter Institute; Attingham; Victorian Society in America's Summer Schools; and the West Dean Architectural Conservation Symposium. He is a past vice-president of The Victorian Society in America, a board member of the Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland (at the Cohen/Bray house), a former governor of the American Decorative Arts Forum, and former member of Advisory Council of the American Art Study Center San Francisco.

His administrative and practical experience: principal, Hank Dunlop and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in interior and architectural history, restoration, and property development.

Dunlop also served as the Interior Design chair at CCA. He was senior project manager/associate at Gensler & Associates prior to teaching.

Professor Emeritus, Interior Design


BS, University of Oregon, School of Architecture