9 Harvard, Berkeley

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Today we feature a lovely Bay Region mid-century designed by Harry Nakahara shortly after he started his solo practice. The home is a picture of restraint, beautifully proportioned and carefully sited to take full advantage of the long views across the bay. Despite his relative youth, here Nakahara already clearly demonstrates the maturity of conception and creative detailing which would serve him well throughout his long career.

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477 Arlington, Berkeley

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This charming Tudor revival was designed by Bernard Maybeck’s brother-in-law and sometimes partner John White. White was a talented architect in his own right if not so ostentatious as his better known compatriot. Here his spaces are carefully crafted and thoughtful if not overwrought.

More recently, the home has been the long time residence of respected Bay Region modernist Henrik Bull who designed a number of residences around the East Bay, but was best known for his mountain cabins that settled effortlessly into wooded sites throughout the Sierras and even the Rockies. His hand too can be seen in some of the rooms within this house making it a very special place indeed.

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6555 Longwalk, Oakland

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Versions of the pole house have been built since ancient times but the form was not really part of the architectural vernacular in modern California until the structural expressionist movement of the 1970s kindled renewed interest in laying bare the bones of a building. The home we feature today is a product of that movement and it is a particularly thoughtful representation designed and built by the original owner Jim Lee. Pole homes have a raw and simple honesty of structure that was very much in keeping with the ethos of the time and here Lee has very successfully incorporated those ideals together with elements of more traditional Bay Region modernism into a truly compelling structure.

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2830 Garber, Berkeley

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Our featured home today is a beautifully preserved and carefully updated First Bay Region residence that originally belonged to George Plowman. At the time the home was built, Plowman was in a brief, but productive partnership with John Hudson Thomas that lasted from 1906 to 1910. There has been some debate about whether Thomas or Plowman was the driving force behind their creative output, but what is not in question is the strength of their work and the recognizable style that they developed during that period.

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3303 Dwight, Berkeley

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Our featured home today is an unusual mid-century residence designed by local cabinetmaker John Coreris for himself. It boasts a highly complex roof structure that combines gable and dome forms into a single unified whole that could only be the work of talented designer and craftsman. Coreris still practices from his office in Emeryville and a number of his thoughtful sculptural pieces can be seen online, but this home remains one of the most compelling structures he has built if for no other reason than its scale.

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1223 Paru, Alameda

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Today we feature a beautifully preserved Alameda Queen Anne. It is one of the many showy Victorian homes designed and built on the island by the prolific partnership of Felix Marcuse and Julius Remmel. Here they have provided a bit of Eastern flavor at the entrance in the form of a sizable onion dome above the door. It is a fitting welcome to a home that is so lavishly decorated and so amazingly intact.

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1321 Bay View, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Bebe McRae, Grubb

This exceptional First Bay Region home was designed by Bernard Maybeck for Berkeley German professor JH Senger. It is a complex structure showcasing Maybeck’s playful and creative use of unusual combinations of details. Here he has combined Tudor half timbering and traditional shingle style exterior elements. The house is lavishly appointed inside with grand public spaces that showcase Maybeck’s immense talent for the dramatic. It is this immense creativity and unbridled love of invention that makes Maybeck’s work so admired still today.

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