545 Dwight, Berkeley

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Today we feature an interesting mid-century home attributed to Walter Thomas Brooks. The home certainly has some Brooks trademark features including most notably the open corners in the roof overhangs which were a signature in many of his designs. However, the home was also reportedly built in 1953 which was, as the Brooks family has previously pointed out on this blog, five years prior to the construction of Brooks’ first home in Orinda. It is likely therefore, that Brooks was not the designer of the original structure but rather of an addition to the house sometime later. This would also help to explain why the home is somewhat less idiosyncratic than much of Brooks work.

Specifics of attribution aside however, the house is quite wonderful on its own with great interior spaces, plenty of natural light, and loads of redwood inside and out. It is a tribute to whatever combination of designers it may be that is ultimately responsible for its various features.

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