1401 Le Roy, Berkeley

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This imposing and unusual shingle style residence was designed by John Galen Howard with assists from Stafford Jory and Julia Morgan. Howard never owned the house himself, but he did live in it for eight years after it was completed. Though he is probably best known for the enormous impact he had on the shape of the UC Berkeley campus, Howard was also responsible for a number immensely creative homes around the East Bay. This one is no doubt one of the most interesting because of its personal connection to Howard and because of the many important local designers that had a hand in it.

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1325 Arch, Berkeley

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Today we feature an exceptional Bernard Maybeck Swiss chalet that sits prominently on a hillside site on Arch Street. The home was built for Albert Schneider who was a Classics professor at Berkeley and it is perhaps the largest of Maybeck’s chalet style residences. Maybeck’s love of redwood and immensely creative use of traditional design motifs is readily apparent here. A number of modifications have been made to the home over the years, but overall, Maybeck’s original intent is still evident and intact.

The home is surrounded by gardens originally designed by John McLaren who was the highly esteemed superintendent of Golden Gate Park for over fifty years and is responsible for many of the most familiar features of the park including its windmills. They are a welcome companion and impressive compliment to this imposing home.

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8160 Phaeton, Oakland

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Today we feature a beautiful atrium model Eichler home designed by Claude Oakland. It has somehow managed to retain almost all of its original unpainted surfaces of wood and brick allowing one to truly experience the texture and color of the home as it was originally intended – a rare treat indeed.

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111 Alvarado, Berkeley

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This lovely Berkeley shingle style has an unusually complex original floorplan which was further enhanced recently by local Berkeley custom builder Jeff Altman of Altman Associates. Altman is known for his sensitive restorations and this home is no exception with careful preservation of much original detail in combination with highly creative newer work of comparable skill. It is an interesting amalgam of old and new accomplished with a level of care we don’t often see.

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221 Sandringham, Piedmont

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Our featured home today is a picturesque Piedmont Tudor designed by John Hudson Thomas. Thomas designed in a variety of styles over the course of his long career, but by his late period he focused mainly on substantial period revival residences such as this one. Thomas’ trademark heavy timbers are readily apparent here as is his creative detailing of doors and other openings. The home is an excellent example of his late work and it demonstrates quite clearly his ability to adopt a very familiar style and make it his own.

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849 Arlington, El Cerrito

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Today we feature a refined Bay Region mid-century designed by Lyman Jee. When Jee and his longtime partner Jack Anderson first opened their office together, they worked out of Anderson’s home in the El Cerrito hills. This put them in a great position to take part in the rapid development of the area that was going on at that time. Jee would eventually move away from design, finding notable success as a developer later in his career, but his residential work remains arguably the most compelling part of his oeuvre.

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1000 Mariposa, Berkeley

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Walter Popenuck spent almost his entire career as the chief architect for the Lawrence Berkeley Lab facility so his name is not as familiar as many of his contemporaries’ despite the sizable impact he had on a certain portion of our build environment. Even so, it is clear from the home that he built for his family that he was an immensely creative and talented designer. Popenuck studied architecture at MIT when William Wurster was the Dean there so he was no stranger to Bay Region design, but it was also a time when Alvar Aalto and Buckminster Fuller were teaching there as well and their influences are likewise apparent in his home.

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1635 Arrowhead, Oakland

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This imposing Third Bay Region residence is another variation on the impressive and angular plan for which local design-builder Martin Davis is best known. His soaring interiors with multiple overlapping levels and jutting overhangs always make for compelling spaces inside and his creative vertical massing and surprising geometries create loads of visual interest outside. Davis’ work is not widely known today, but he was undoubtedly one of the most inventive local designers practicing in the East Bay during the 70s – well worth checking out.

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5811 Scarborough, Oakland

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Our featured home today is a beautiful post and beam mid-century designed by Robert Goetz and Jens Hansen. Goetz and Hansen were both Bay Area natives but their homes tended to skew more toward the clean lines of Southern California modernism than the woodsy rusticism of the North. This particular example is no exception with it spare ornamentation and simple geometry. It also boasts plenty of Goetz and Hansen’s trademark lattice work which was a defining feature of many of their commissions during this period.

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143 Calvert, Oakland

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Edward Killingsworth was a Southern California architect perhaps best known for his Case Study Houses. There are very few of his homes up here in the North, so it is nice to see this thoughtful International Style on the edge of Piedmont. From the street the home is wonderfully boxy, but the glazing is pushed back from the face of the structure creating a sense of depth as well as space for a large deck on the second floor. Inside, the height of the spaces is accentuated by floor to ceiling windows and the Killingsworth trademark floor to ceiling openings between rooms as well.

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