61 Oak Ridge, Berkeley

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This picturesque Spanish colonial revival is attributed to San Francisco architect Clarence Tantau. Tantau was the rare period revival designer that worked almost exclusively in the Spanish style. One might surmise that this would lead to a great deal of repetition in his work but on the contrary it made his designs some of the most creative ventures of the era. His easy familiarity with the various tropes allowed him stretch them to his needs while still remaining true to the underlying idiom.

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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 its 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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83 Wisteria, Atherton

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There are only a handful of Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Bay Area so it is a rare treat whenever one comes on the market. Particularly one so beautifully preserved as is the Mathews house. It is one of Wright’s Usonian homes which were typically of a single story and based on a simple geometric grid. In this case the grid is triangular which makes for some especially interesting spaces both inside and out. All of Wright’s storied attention to detail and enormous creativity is on display here and still as inspiring today as it was when the home was new.

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9 Arden, Berkeley

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Today we feature a beautiful shingle style duplex designed by Theodore Bernardi. Bernardi joined William Wurster’s firm ten years after it opened and together with Donn Emmons became partners soon thereafter. Here he demonstrates his immense creativity with carefully crafted interior spaces framing long views across Berkeley. The second unit above is a charming added bonus.

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735 Cragmont, Berkeley

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This impressive modernist residence is the work of Don Olsen who was one of the few Bay Area designers to embrace the international style that was much more prevalent in other parts of the country. His homes stand out here for their purity of line and crisp geometric massing among the shingled and rough-hewn mid-century structures that are more common in our local environ. This particular example was blessed with the addition of a late 70s saddlebag at Olsen’s hand as well making it a unique opportunity to see his distinctive perspective at two points in his career.

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2321 Valley, Berkeley

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Our featured home today is a charming storybook residence designed and built by the Fox Brothers who are perhaps best known for a pair of eccentric period revival bungalow courts that they built along University Avenue in Berkeley. Carl Fox was not an architect by training but the homes he designed were exceptionally creative and his grasp of revival style detailing was equal to anyone else practicing in the area.

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1615 La Vereda, Berkeley

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The Taylor house is an extremely early modernist residence designed by respected Berkeley architecture professor Michael Goodman when he was only 30. Goodman was a contemporary of William Wurster and both men are credited with creating the local movement now known as the Second Bay Region Style. For nearly the last twenty years, the home has been owned by another local architect, Jerzy Wollak who has made his own mark on the house as well, resulting in an interesting structure that incorporates an unusual combination of distinctive voices new and old.

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2916 Shasta, Berkeley

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The McPherson house is an early modernist residence designed by Francis Joseph McCarthy just before he became a registered architect. He had worked in William Wurster’s office for a number of years prior but his solo practice received widespread acclaim almost immediately because of his innovative residential designs. The McPherson house was one of the most widely published of these early designs and it remains a compelling piece of architecture today. McCarthy did an addition to the home in the 1960s as well but today it needs a bit of work to make it worthy of its storied pedigree – a great opportunity for an enterprising buyer.

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862 Euclid, Berkeley

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Today we feature an early and exceptional design by John Hans Ostwald. The home was created for Ostwald’s mother and it was the first of his many residential commissions as a solo practitioner. He was still working for Anshen + Allen at the time but already his immense talent and distinctive voice is apparent. It was to be the first of many compelling contributions that he would make to our East Bay built environment.

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50 Arden, Berkeley

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This charming Second Bay Region residence is an extremely early piece of modernist design by Winfield Scott Wellington whose trademark spare interiors of redwood and simple exteriors never fail to impress. Wellington was an early proponent of modernism and he remained a dedicated practitioner through the 40s and beyond. It is a great testament to the prescience and staying power of his designs that they remained consistent and relevant over such an extended period.

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