Art moderne single family homes are very rare in the East Bay. There are a number of nice commercial buildings and multi-unit structures, but the style never became popular for homes here. So it is with great pleasure that we share a spectacular streamline moderne residence with you today.
The Joe Harris house on Le Conte is hard to miss when driving up Hearst behind campus. Designed in the late 30s by John Anthony, its facade juts out like the bow of a ship on its wedge shaped lot. Anthony was somewhat of a generalist. He designed homes in a variety of styles, but this particular home is unusually good. It is a cascade of curves filled with glass block and stainless steel and marble. The entry and stair are lavishly decorated with the original fluted walls and aluminum railings. The bathrooms and kitchen also appear to be almost entirely period. It is really an especially well-preserved example of a style of home that we rarely see in this area. For additional information please visit Daniella Thompson’s article about the home here.